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Funeral Notification

What to do when a loved one passes away.
An A-Z guide to Manchester Central Mosque's Funeral Services


Message from the Central Manchester Mosque Funeral Director

"Asalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa baraqaatuhu
I pray that this message reaches you in the best state of health and imaan.

"Indeed, to Allah we belong and to Him we will return"

I would also like to take this moment to pass on my condolences for the death of your loved one. I pray that Allah Most High grants the deceased a high status in Paradise and blesses you and your loved ones with patience during this difficult time. Ameen

Dealing with the death of a loved one is one of the greatest trials in a person's lifetime. This is why we, at Manchester Central Mosque Funeral Services, aim to make this time as easy as possible for you.

The aim of this leaflet is to clarify what needs to be done from the moment a loved one passes away until the completion of burial.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Manchester Central Mosque Funeral Director on the following telephone number:

Funeral Director
Manchester Central Mosque Funeral Services
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Sequence of events following expected death in hospital


Contact the Funeral Director to: 0161 224 4119

Please Note:You should not announce the time of the funeral until you have confirmed it with the funeral director.
Make him aware of the demise of your loved one.
Decide which cemetery you would like your loved one to be buried at/discuss repatriation to another country if you wish.

Please Note:There can sometimes be a delay in getting this certificate, especially if the death occurred during the night or at the weekend.

Obtain a Cause of Death Certificate from the hospital. This needs to be signed by a doctor or the coroner and can be obtained from the hospital bereavement office.
Obtain a release note from the hospital bereavement office. This release note will allow the funeral director to release the body from the hospital mortuary.
You must inform the funeral director once you have both the cause of death certificate and the release note.


Register the death. To do this you will need to make an appointment with the registrar to register the death. The registrar can then issue a death certificate and a burial certificate.
To make an appointment, please ring:

Manchester Registration Service: 0161 234 5511
Stockport Registration Service: 0845 644 4311
Trafford Registration Service: 0161 912 3026
Macclesfield Registration Service: 01625 423 463

The following arrangements will be made by the funeral services. If you have any special requirements please do not hesitate to contact the funeral director on the above number:

The grave will be ordered at your chosen cemetery
The body will be collected from the hospital mortuary and brought to the Manchester Central Mosque (using the release note obtained earlier).
The preparations for ghusal (religious bathing) will be made.


The body will be bathed according to Islamic law. You and your family members can take part in this bathing if you wish to do so.
The body will then be draped in plain white sheets (kafan)
The body is now ready for funeral prayer and burial or repatriation to another country.
If you wish to take the body home for a short period of time after ghusal, please inform the funeral director of your wishes.

The funeral prayer is prayed and the body is then taken to the cemetery for burial or the airport for repatriation to another country.


Sequence of events following expected death at home

An expected death means that the deceased was either:

  • > Suffering from a terminal illness
  • > Suffering from a long term illness which took their life.

For a GP to manage a death as an "expected death" and issue a Cause of Death certificate, they need to have seen the deceased in the last two weeks of their life.
If they have not seen them in the last 2 weeks they may need to discuss the case with the coroner: see "sequence of events following unexpected death".

Sequence of Events following an unexpected death at home or hospital

Unexpected death means that the deceased was fit and healthy and did not have any major medical problems and has suddenly died or has died following an accident of any kind.


The hospital doctor or your GP will discuss the case with the coroner. The coroner will investigate the death and there are three outcomes of this investigation:

  • 1. Coroner thinks death is natural
  • 2. Coroner thinks death is unnatural
  • 3. Coroner requests a post mortem to establish whether death is natural or unnatural.


An inquest is an investigation held in public to establish who the person was, where, when and how they died. It is a legal procedure and aims to:

To find out the medical cause of death.
To draw attention to the existence of circumstances which might lead to further deaths if not addressed.
To advance medical knowledge.
To preserve the legal interests of the deceased person’s family or the interested parties.

An inquest is sometimes held without a post mortem in the case of the elderly, where a single cause of death cannot be stated with certainty, but it is certain that their death was natural.


Post mortem examination is carried out to determine the cause of death.

A pathologist needs to cut open the body and take samples of tissue from various organs to try and investigate the cause of death.

If the family of the deceased wish to avoid this they may choose an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan instead.

Choosing an MRI scan means that the body will not be cut open but please note:


The family of the deceased will also need to pay for the MRI scan. These prices are subject to change so please discuss this with the funeral director.