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There may be plenty to do when someone close to you passes away. It may depend on your relationship to the deceased and the cause of death. Thus far, when the death occurs at home and the person was under the care of a doctor, you should call the doctor first. The treating doctor prepares the medical certificate. If the person dies in a hospital or a nursing home, the medical staff will take care of the certificates.
For a sudden or unexpected death and accidental or death by suicide, the family or doctor must inform the police. Thus far, the Police will organise the transfer to the Coroners Department by the government contractor. In this case, the Coroner may require the deceased to undergo a post-mortem examination. So, it determines the cause of death. It is possible the funeral arrangement may be delayed.
After the doctor provides the medical certificate, your funeral director may take your loved one into their care. Similarly, with death in a nursing home, they will contact the funeral directors nominated by the family. So, with a death in a hospital, you need to call your funeral director. Thus, they will make arrangements with the hospital to transfer your loved one to the funeral home.
If the matter is a Coroner’s case, your funeral director will liaise with the Coroner. The funeral director will keep the family informed of the outcome. Thus far, a funeral may take place once the body is released.
When a person dies interstate or overseas, you must follow the local procedures. Thus far, your funeral director will liaise with the local authorities. They will make arrangements to bring back your loved one.
It always remains your choice and privilege to choose the funeral director. Thus far, ignore anyone who attempts to tell you otherwise. It stands true even when the government contractor company transports the deceased to the Coroner’s department. They don’t have any authority over your personal choice of a funeral director. So, the family or the Executor always retains the right to choose.
Following the death, you may ask the hospital to check the Organ Donor Registry. You may inform the family and friends of the death. Thus far, you may check for any important document which may stipulate their final wishes. It may help you act on behalf of the person who died. Furthermore, you help with a care arrangement for the dependent children and the family.
Moreover, you may find out if the deceased was in the defence force or a spouse of a veteran. In case they were, they may help with the funeral costs or arrange the funeral services.
During these difficult times, you must take care of yourself. Your mental and physical health is important to you. Thus far, you may review your finances and speak to Centrelink if need be. Take a moment to review your own future. Hence, you may want to review your will. Moreover, make your wishes known to the family and friends.
You may contact the following confidential counselling agencies, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week:
You may call the grief line from 12.00pm to 3.00am, 7 days a week on 1300 845 745