Death

When a death occurs, the family of the deceased will need to obtain a Certificate of Cause of Death (CCOD). With the CCOD, the family may register the death. This will have to be done within 24 hours of the death.

Upon registration of the death, the CCOD will be retained by the death registration center and a Death Certificate will be given to the family. The family of the deceased will need this Death Certificate to place an obituary in the newspapers, engage a funeral director, and when making arrangements for cremation or burial.

If the death occurred in a hospital, a doctor at the hospital can certify the cause of death if the cause of death is known and the cause of death is natural and he can issue the CCOD. If the doctor is unable to certify the death, the hospital will inform the Police for the body to be sent to Mortuary@HSA (located at Block 9 Singapore General Hospital) in a Police Hearse. The family will be told by the Police when to go down to the Mortuary@HSA (usually the next day).

If the death occurred at home, arrange for a family doctor (or any neighborhood doctor) to make a house-call to certify the cause of death. If the doctor is unable to certify the death, inform the Police for the body to be sent to Mortuary@HSA.