Getting The Bad News

by Jason on November 8, 2012

Getting the Bad News

At times, the loved one dies at the home that you both shared. You are the first one to learn about his or her passing. If the death is expected, and it comes after a long illness, call his or her doctor.

He will confirm the death and its cause and will issue the appropriate document. If the death is sudden, you need to call the police and an ambulance. The coroner might be able to say what the cause of death is, or order an autopsy. Attending ambulance staff will take the body to the morgue for an autopsy.

The coroner will inform you at later date of his or her findings and will let you know when the body can be sent to the funeral home.

If the loved one died in a hospital after a prolonged illness, the attending physician will issue a document confirming death. Hospital personnel are usually very helpful with advice and with all necessary paperwork. They will help you get the death certificate and will arrange for the body to be sent to the funeral home.

Often, the news of someone’s passing comes to you from the hospital personnel, the police or the coroner, if you are the next of kin. If the death is unexpected, it is very likely that it will send you into a shock and numbed stages of grief. Unfortunately, you are not allowed the time to grieve. There is a lot to be done. Funeral arrangements may be top of mind for you at this time.

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