When the person you care about dies, no matter how expected it is, you’re likely to feel sad and upset. You may feel numb, and things may feel surreal.
Whether it’s at home, in a hospital, hospice or nursing home – you and your family may want to spend some time sitting quietly, and gathering your thoughts.
If the death occurs at home, then you will need to let the doctor or nursing teams know – so that they can come and confirm the person has died.
You will then be able to contact the funeral director. They will understand what you’re going through, and will make sure everything is handled sensitively. They will arrange to take the body to the funeral home. You will be able to see the body afterwards, in the days up to the funeral if you wish.
If the death happens in hospital or hospice, you will be cared for. The staff should give you information about what to do next, and when and where to collect the death certificate. You will need this to register the death.