Call the doctor of the deceased to organise a Medical Certificate Cause of Death.
If the deceased passed away in a nursing home and a doctor is not available to issue the Medical Certificate Cause of Death, a Registered Nurse can issue a Life Extinction Form. This will allow the Chevra Kadisha to transfer the deceased to their premises, however, a doctor’s Medical Certificate Cause of Death will still be required to be arranged before the burial can take place.
In the case of a death requiring the Coroner (i.e. sudden death, death after/during an operation or if a doctor is unavailable) you may wish to print out and sign the Objection to Autopsy form and FAX to the NSW Coroner or give the form to the Police – (see Coronial Process Diagram)
When the Medical Certificate Cause of Death is ready please call and notify the Sydney Chevra Kadisha immediately on 9363-2248 – 24 hours a day 7 days of the week.
If it is a Shabbat or High Holiday, please follow the answering machine prompts. You will be redirect to a non-Jewish Funeral Home working on the Chevra Kadisha’s behalf, who will organise the transportation of the deceased to the Chevra Kadisha premises. At the Chevra Kadisha premises there is a Shomer (watchman) organised. The Chevra Kadisha will contact you at the end of Shabbat or High Holiday to make the funeral arrangements.
The Chevra Kadisha will need to meet with you in order to organise the funeral and obtain the required information to register the death with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. In order to ensure the meeting is productive please complete the Funeral Plan Form to the best of your ability (or print and complete the PDF version of the form) and bring it to the meeting.
For a male deceased, if available, bring their tallit (prayer shawl) and kittel to the Chevra Kadisha, as the deceased will be wrapped in them. If unavailable, the Chevra Kadisha will provide one.