Losing a loved one is an unfortunate event, and it is reasonable that composure and clear mind are often missing. That's why we provide some useful tips on practical matters, as well as the first actions required in such an event.
The first action to be taken is death certification either from a private doctor or from a doctor on call at the hospital.
Death may occur anywhere. It is likely that it happens in the hospital or nursing home, but even at home, on the road, etc. The procedure that has to be followed depends on the place, the conditions and even the type of death. It is important whether the death was sudden or not, and event whether it was caused by natural causes. All these differentiate the procedure of death certification.
Death at home
In case the death occurs at home, and right after a doctor composes the death certificate, please call or visit our office directly. We will take care of all the necessary procedures, we will check for the correctness of the death certificate, we will arrange all the actions required for transporting the deceased, and we will inform you regarding what to do next.
Death in the hospital, private clinic or nursing home
In case the death occurs in hospital, or private clinic, or social institution (eg Nursing Home), a first degree relative needs to be present with his own National Identity and also the National Identity of the deceased, which has to be delivered to the doctor who will compose the death certificate. Upon composing the certificate, please call or visit our office immediately.
Sudden death caused by accident (car accident, suicide, etc.)
In such a case, it would be best to call our office immediately, in order to arrange all the additional procedures that are required by the law, such as the call to the police authorities, forensic services, forensic surgeon, etc.
When you call our office, the deceased will have to be transported to the morgue for the post mortem, conducted by the Coroner. The Coroner, upon completion of the examination, will issue the death cause certificate, which cannot be disputed. The forensic report is in this case a necessary document for the family of the deceased, since it can be used in potential litigation (in case of road accidents), as well as insurance companies, where a forensic report is required, and not just the death certificate issued by a doctor.
In any of the above cases, after you call our office, we will only need the National Identity or passport of the deceased, clothes, Social Security Registration Number and Tax Identification Number, if applicable, and we will take care of everything else.
The actions that follow are the declaration of death at the Registrar and issuing the death permit and death certificate, which can be used for any legal use, such as the interruption of the pension and the collection of funeral expenses by the insurance.
Furthemore, all the documents required will have to be delivered to the cemetery and, if there is a family tomb, you can give us the details in order to perform the burial in the tomb, only in case 3 years have elapsed since the last burial.
According to law, burial is allowed 12 hours after the time of death. After the ceremony, we inform you about what to do next.