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In the Event of a Death

In the Event of a Death

When a death occurs in a family, the Jamaat through its Funeral services Committee takes the responsibility of organising the funeral.

This can include transportation of the Mayyat, Ghusal, Kafan, Dafan, Majlis & Niyaz.

Please note that the family will need to obtain the burial certificate before the burial can take place.

If the deceased is part of the Burial Fund, then most of the expenses will be covered. However, please note certain expenses are not covered by the Burial Fund, such as, moving the mayyat to a funeral director and the cost of transfer and storage of the Mayyat.

If the deceased is not an active member of the Burial Fund, the Burial Fund will not cover the cost of the burial and related expenses.

Point of contact

Please inform brother Imran Shah (Head of Funeral Services) on +44 7446 251774 as soon as possible with the following information:

  1. Name of the deceased, with correct spelling (as registered at the hospital)
  2. Age, Date of Birth, Residential Address and Telephone Number
  3. Name, Address and Telephone Number of Next of Kin and relationship to the deceased
  4. Cause and place of death
  5. Contact telephone number of the member of the family coordinating the funeral arrangements

Death certificate

You are required to obtain two certificates (Death Certificate and Burial Certificate – green certificate) without which no burial can take place.

If death takes place at home:

Phone the GP, who in turn will either issue a Medical Certificate of Death or may refer the case to a Coroner.

If Death occurs when the GP is closed, please ring 111. The doctor will confirm the death and provide a ‘confirmation of death’ letter. You will still need a Medical Certificate of Death from your GP, before you can register death and get a burial Certificate and Death Certificate.

For sudden or unexpected death please ring 999.

If the death takes place in hospital:

then the Resident Doctor will issue a a Medical Certificate of Death or may refer to a Coroner.

If the case is referred to a Coroner:

the Coroner will carry out all the necessary investigations and issue a Medical Certificate of Death or carry out a post mortem before issue  a Medical Certificate of Death. Please note, that if the Coroner decides to do a post mortem, then you are unlikely to dissuade the Coroner.

Alternative to a Post Mortem, you can request for an MRI scan (chargeable and not covered by the Burial Fund).

Burial certificate

On obtaining the Medical Certificate of Death, take it to the Registrar nearest to the Hospital (check with the Hospital) and register the death. The Registrar will then issue a Burial Certificate (burial can only take place after you have obtained the Burial Certificate).

If a death has taken place in a hospital, occasionally a Registrar in the hospital issues a Burial Certificate. Alternatively, you may have to register with the borough where the hospital is situated.

It is essential that you bring both the Death Certificate and the Burial Certificate to us before the burial can take place.