In the event of loss

Losing a loved one can give rise to all sorts of feelings in you. You can discuss all things related to your loss with the doctor and nursing staff that took care of your loved one, the hospital , and the hospital pastor.

If you wish, you may see the deceased on the ward/in the outpatient clinic right after the death, or later in the hospital chapel as the deceased is laid in the coffin.

If you wish to have a short devoutness as you take the deceased from the hospital, the hospital pastor is at your service.

Determining the cause of death

In order to determine the cause of death, a medical or forensic autopsy may be conducted.

Medical autopsy

Medical autopsies are authorised by the next of kin. You can enquire after the exact time and date as well as the results of the autopsy from the ward or outpatient clinic, depending on the place of death.

You can enquire after the exact time and date from the pathology department as well:
tel. +358 14 269 1453, at 8–14.30

Forensic autopsy

The act on determining the cause of death states the conditions in which a forensic autopsy must be conducted. Forensic autopsies are authorised by the police. Before the autopsy, the police may contact the next of kin.
You can enquire after the exact time and date of the autopsy from the police.

After a forensic autopsy, the forensic pathologist will provide the family members with the burial permit. You can get it from the Pathology unit after the deceased has been returned to the unit, or as you take the deceased from the hospital.

After the cause of death has been determined, the police will send the next of kin a copy of the report.
Municipalities in Central Finland are provided with forensic pathology services in Tampere.

In case you need a death certificate for the insurance company, for example, you can request a copy from the following address:

TAYS, Obduction
Forensic pathologist
P.O. Box 2000
33521 TAMPERE

tel. +358 3 31165383

Practical issues

Death certificate

Death certificates are provided by the doctor who took care of your loved one. In case a forensic autopsy is conducted, a forensic pathologist will provide you with the certificate.

The hospital will send the death certificate to the National Institute for Health and Welfare. Municipalities in Central Finland are provided with forensic pathology services in Tampere.  The National Institute for Health and Welfare will send the certificate to Statistics Finland. Close family members may receive a copy of the certificate. Please contact the doctor who took care of your loved one.

In case you need a copy of the death certificate stating the cause of death (please state an acceptable reason you need it for), you can request them from the following address:

Statistics Finland, Cause of death, PV 4V, 00022 TILASTOKESKUS

Burial permit

Family members or people in charge of the burial will be provided with a burial permit form at the ward or outpatient clinic.

After receiving the burial permit, you should contact the parish or cemetery office. This applies even if the deceased was not a member of the church. The parish will arrange cremation as well.

If needed, you can start making preliminary arrangements before you receive the burial permit.

Taking the deceased from the hospital

The deceased can be taken from the Central Hospital Chapel, Mon–Fri 8–14.30. For other times, please contact the obduction unit, tel. +358 14 269 1453.

You can say your goodbyes at this time.

Personal belongings and patient fees

You can retrieve the personal belongings of the deceased from the ward or outpatient clinic, depending on the place of death.

Family members will be sent a bank transfer for patient fees.

Funeral homes

Funeral homes are at your service if you need any help with the practical issues concerning funerals.

Estate inventory

Estate inventory must be conducted within three months after the death. You’ll need a genealogy of the deceased, and extracts from the population register from all shareholders of the estate.

The  estate inventory should be delivered to the Tax Administration for inheritance taxation within a month after the estate inventory conference.

The safest option is to consult an expert when conducting an estate inventory.

Allowances for close family members

Survivor’s allowance: The widow(er) and children under 18 years (including school-attending children between 18 and 20) are provided with a survivor’s allowance in accordance with the employment pension laws. You can apply for it from Kela. Your local office will help you with the application. Close family members may also receive allowance in accordance with acts on military injuries, accident injuries and third-party motor insurances.

Group life insurance: Most employers offer a group life insurance for their employees. Please contact the employer directly.

Private life insurance: In case the deceased had a private life insurance, you should send the insurance company a copy of the death certificate, insurance policy and an extract from population register.

Funeral allowance: The employer of the deceased may offer a funeral allowance. Please contact the employer directly.