The death of someone close can take quite a toll on the people connected. It is
quite difficult to get things done, post the event since most need time to
adjust to the fact of losing someone they were close to. However, there are a couple of formalities that have to be
followed through regarding documentation and the way to deal with the deceased.
What is a death certificate?
certificate is an official document issued to the people closest to
the deceased, stating details about the individual. It would mention the time,
cause, and location of death of the individual. It would also mention other personal information about the
individual to attribute it to one specific person. This usually means you would
have to get an ambulance or someone capable of providing the cause of death and other medically relevant information
connecting to the person.
What are the uses of a death certificate?
A death certificate is needed when dealing with legal necessities post the death
of the individual. One of the most important being, making sure that the person
died of natural causes. If there was
some element, evidence or suspicion, of foul play involved, that would change
things and the cops would be involved to sort it out. This also means
registering a case at the police department
about the same.
Once all the information comes through, you would also need a death certificate
the basic paperwork and documentation that would need to be handled. For
instance, dealing with the last rites, depending on the religion or beliefs of the individual. Even moving the
body, post the individuals death needs to be approved since it could be
considered tampering with evidence.
The death certificates are needed when dealing with other external institutions
such as insurance if you are trying to get in touch with them for a claim.
Insurance companies need all the is dotted and the ts crossed before they can sanction anything.
What happens to the death certificate post receiving it?
Once the death certificate is made, it would be kept with the registrar of
births and deaths. This allows people who are connected to the individual to get
a copy if they need, however, they have to provide some proof that they are related or connected to the individual in
question. People can always apply for and get the death certificate of a member
of their family, following the same process that they would have to while applying for a recent birth certificate.