death certificate

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death certificate

a legal document issued by a qualified medical practitioner certifying the death of a person and stating the cause if known

death certificate

a certificate issued on the registration of a person's death. First instituted in 1837 in England and Wales, it shows the full name of the person, the date and cause of death, age at death, marital status, and the occupation of the deceased or his/her spouse. Death certificates provide the sociologist with a source of data with which to examine matters such as occupational illness and social-class differences in DEATH RATE. See also BIRTH CERTIFICATE, MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE, PARISH REGISTERS.
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Funnybones really read the Certificate of Death, and did it give the cause of death as a "massive heart attack when she found out that she was in a marriage with a gay man"?
Taking supposition to another level, or as the legal maxim puts it, assuming without admitting was the dead body accompanied to the funeral home with the requisite certificate of death and clearance for burial as is expected a procedure to follow during this period of emergency, or is there no such clearly laid down and spelt out procedure?
"We say that this report is a new certificate of death of the NCHR," adding that the massacre will never be forgotten by "those who witnessed the blood bath personally and those who saw it on television."
The team, based in the Murray Building at the hospital, will chat to relatives, hand over any belongings from the ward, provide a medical certificate of death and take them one room along to see a registrar.
Following death in Ontario, the physician or coroner completes a medical certificate of death. This document includes the immediate cause of death, as well as antecedent causes and co-morbidities.

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