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What to do After a Death Occurs
When someone dies, there are many decisions and arrangements to be made. Unfortunately these are required at a time of great personal distress and sadness.
Coping with bereavement is something that we will all experience at some point in our lives. Different people react in different ways and it is common to feel a whole variety of emotions, which can be unnerving and at times overwhelming. Nothing can really prepare you for when you lose someone close to you. It is important to remember that you should allow yourself time to react to grief in the way that is best for you.
Quite often people are not familiar with what to do, either from a religious point of view or in terms of the practical steps that need to be completed to bury one’s loved one.
This page is designed to address these needs.
The practical steps required to arrange a funeral include the paperwork which needs to be completed to meet legal requirements, along with the steps of organizing the funeral itself.
What is most important to realize is that if you are unsure about any aspect, or if you need help and support, then members of the extended family, close friends, and your Mosque are always available to help and consult.
It is usual, on hearing of a death of a fellow Muslim to recite the following brief prayer:
Allah Says: “Innalilani wa inna ilayhi rajioon”
To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return
(Quran Surat Al Baqarah 2:156)
“Every soul shall have a taste of death, then to us you will be ultimately returned”
(Quran Surat Al Baqarah 29:57)
(Verily we belong to Allah and will return to Allah)
If the death was expected, contact the doctor who attended the deceased during their final illness.
If the doctor can certify the cause of death, he or she will give you a formal notice that states that the doctor has signed the Medical Certificate and tells you how to get the death registered. A Medical Certificate that gives the cause of death will be in a sealed enveloped addressed to the Registrar of Deaths.
If the doctor treating the deceased had not seen him or her either after the death or within 14 days before the death, then the death must be reported to the Coroner.
Expected Death in Hospital
If the death occurs in hospital, the hospital staff will contact the person named by the deceased as the next of kin in case of emergency.
A doctor will issue a Formal Notice and Medical Certificate, as above.
The hospital will keep the body in the hospital mortuary until the next of kin arranges for the deceased to be taken away. Please note that the hospital will not normally release the body until the Green Form is obtained from the Registrar of Deaths.
Hospital staff will also arrange for the next of kin to collect the deceased’s possessions.
If you are asked for permission to do a post-mortem then please do not agree to this. As it is an expected death, doctors will only ask for research purposes. Islam does not permit post-mortems if they are not required by the law.
Registering the Death
You will need to take the Medical Certificate (see the above sections) to your local Registrar’s Office to formally record the death.
The Registrar will take details of the deceased and will give you a Green Form (Form 9) to give to the Funeral Director (unless the Coroner has already issued one), and a White Form (Form BD8) which is for pension and social security purposes only. You will need to complete and send this form in the pre-paid envelope to your local Jobcentre or Social Security Office.
You will also be able to purchase any number of death certificates from the registrar. These will be needed to deal with the deceased’s finances, for example, banks and insurance companies will ask you to send an original death certificate to them and will not accept phootocopies.
Organising the Funeral
Remember to check where the money to pay for the funeral costs will come from before making any firm arrangements. The deceased may have a pre-paid funeral plan or a similar policy to cover these costs.
The UK Turkish Islamic Trust Funeral Service is ready to help. Our aim is to offer you appropriate support and advice at this difficult time.
We welcome your enquiries, so please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Tel: 02072492244 or 07836338766
“A small note to thank you sincerely for your kind understanding after our mother passed away. Without your care, co-operation and advice, this already difficult time would have been much harder.”
Mr K & family, London
"Many thanks for your help & support with the arrangements that were quite fraught with difficulty. Your calm concern was so appreciated, also Erkin your inclusive approach to Islam would have been what our father wanted."
Mrs E and family, London
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