Bereavement

Bereavement

Losing someone you care about is always difficult. We offer a short-term bereavement service to support the relatives of people who have died at one of our hospitals.

Please contact our bereavement office to find out how we can help you:

When someone close to you dies - these steps explain what you (or a member of your family) needs to do. 

We can arrange a private viewing if you would like to see your relative.
If a post mortem is required you will need to wait for this to be completed before making any further arrangements.

The medical certificate is an essential document. You must arrange an appointment with the bereavement office to collect this before registering your relative’s death.

Please contact us to find out if the certificate is ready for you to collect.

If the death was unexpected, it is possible that a medical investigation will be required and this may involve a post mortem. A post mortem is not always necessary but sometimes helps to discover the cause of death.

If the Coroner has already been informed of your relative’s death, you may not need to collect any documents from the hospital.

Contact the HM Coroner’s office:

The death must be registered in the district where the death occurred.

You must make an appointment to register your relative’s death within 5 days.

The registrar will issue you with a certificate for burial or cremation, as well as a form for Work and Pensions.

Register a death in:

You will need to choose a funeral director local to where the funeral will take place.

They will take care of all the arrangements needed to organise your relative’s burial or cremation, as well as arranging to collect them from the hospital.

You will be able to find a list of local funeral directors online.