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  • An expected death at home is not urgent but a doctor needs to provide death certification.
  • If the death happens in a hospital or care facility, staff will assist you. 
  • Grief support services can help you and your family with the loss of your family member or friend.
  • There is support available for those affected by the suicide of another person.
  • You may need to make decisions about organ and tissue donation.
  • An autopsy may be requested for an unexpected death.
  • An unexpected death must be reported to police and is dealt with by the coroner.
  • A doctor must sign the death certificate before funeral arrangements can be made. 
  • The funeral director may register the death with Births, Deaths and Marriages.
  • The funeral may be already organised and prepaid or you may have to organise it yourself.
  • You must notify various organisations when someone has died.
  • There may be financial issues that affect you that you need to deal with after a person has died.
  • You are entitled to compassionate leave from work or school when someone from your immediate family or household dies.  

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Reviewed on: 10-06-2019