What to Do In Time of Bereavement
Death is an inevitable fact of life. However, many of us never think about what we need to do until we are faced with the situation. It is at this time you need all the help and support possible to help you through the grieving process. We are available to give you advice and guidance; however, there are certain practical steps you might need to know about. These are things that you will have to do:
If Death Occurs At Home:
- Telephone the doctor. They will visit to confirm death has taken place.
- Contact the funeral director to inform them that their services will be required.
- Collect the doctor's certificate from the surgery (you will be told when this will be available for collection). This will not be possible if it is necessary to involve the coroner.
If Death Occurs In Hospital:
It is a legal requirement for a doctor to confirm that someone has passed away. There is no need to move the patient. If a doctor has recently seen the patient, a death certificate can normally be issued. However, in the event of an unexpected death, the doctor will need to notify the coroner.
For more information on what to do after a death (Citizen's Advice Bureau) please follow this link: Bereavement
Or follow the link to the Suffolk Registration Service
For general counselling and support, you can contact:
Cruse Bereavement Care
Day by day helpline: 0844 477 9400 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.00pm)
Young person's freephone helpline: 0808 808 1677
E-mails: firstname.lastname@example.org (helpline); email@example.com (young person's helpline); firstname.lastname@example.org (general)