If a death occurs in the family at home, please inform immediately the patient’s doctor who will need to confirm the death. You may also inform a funeral director of your choice, who will be able to help with the practical details.
If death occurs in hospital, please notify your doctor as sometimes communications between the doctor and the hospital can be slow. We do not wish to cause unnecessary grief to relatives. The patient’s doctor will usually be able to issue a death certificate for the Registrar of Births and Deaths, and a cremation form if required. In certain cases of sudden death, the doctor will be required to inform the Coroner’s office at the police station.
Everyone reacts differently to bereavement. It is an experience we will all have to cope with at some time in our lives, but it is nonetheless a severe form of stress. Your doctor will be a willing listener and source of advice.