Help for the bereaved

Please accept our sincere condolences at this very sad time.

The hospital staff all share with you your loss at this time as we too feel sadness when we have to say a final goodbye to a valued patient we have cared for.

Please read through our information booklet - Help for the bereaved: A Practical guide for family and friends

We hope that you will find this booklet helpful during the next few days with all the arrangements that need to be made. It is designed to provide practical advice and gives guidance on who can help and where further information can be obtained, as well as explaining procedures such as registering the death and arranging the funeral. If you are not sure what to do, please ask for help or support from any of the following people: the ward staff, Hospital Chaplains, the Relatives’ Support Officers, your G.P or local clergy. Funeral directors are also very helpful and will guide you as much as they can. The days following your bereavement can be very difficult, but it is important that formalities are dealt with promptly.

The multi-faith Hospital Chaplaincy Team is available for counsel and prayer 24 hours a day and they may be contacted through the hospital switchboard 01227 766877.

For more information and advice, please take a look at the information in the links below or contact our Patient Experience Team.

Would you like the information in these leaflets in another format or language?

We value equality of access to our information and services and are therefore happy to provide the information in these leaflets in Braille, Easy Read, large print, or audio - upon request.

If you would like a copy of this document in your language, please contact the ward or department responsible for your care.

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