Family and friends who have been suddenly bereaved are often dealing with the high emotions and shock. They are given verbal information about what is happening at the time however this can difficult to retain.
To try and provide some helpful advice, we have created a useful guide which will be offered to families and friends at the scene of a death, for them to refer to in case they have any questions once we have left.
As well as offering condolences, the guide details the following information:
- What the ambulance service can and cannot do in terms of diagnosis of death
- In some circumstances the police will be called, this is explained
- Who else needs to be contacted about the death, for example, funeral directors, registrar office etc
- Information regarding Coroner and Inquests
- Contact information regarding personal support services
- Details of other organisations which may need to know about the death, ie doctors, hospitals, dentists and utility companies
Leading on this project, Advanced Practitioner Craig Hayden said: “I wanted to produce something helpful that we could leave with families or friends that would hopefully answer any questions they may have, and give useful advice on what to do next.
“When a person suddenly dies and we are called to attend, those individuals who are present can be very emotional. Hopefully our guide will really useful.”
The booklet can be downloaded here