After Death

Carer After Death
Certification of death should be carried out as soon as possible. In some settings (such as a Hospice, Community, Nursing Homes and Community Hospitals) nursing staff are trained to undertake what is referred to as ‘Verification of Death’. This expedites transfer of the patient’s body and the process of events after death.

The information leaflet, ‘What to do after a death in England and Wales’ (DWP) should be provided to the next of kin. All relevant services should be informed, including the provider of Out of Hours Care and the Ambulance Service.

  Guidance for Death in the Community

Coroners Guidance
There should be support for the psycho-social well being of all those who are bereaved following the person’s death.  Early involvement in addition to establishing rapport and continuity provides support for risk assessment of complicated grief.
Referral to appropriate specialist services may be considered necessary at this time.   If patient was involved in palliative care services e.g. local hospice or specialist palliative care unit liaise with them as they may be able to provide input.

Bereavement Care
Ensure support is offered for all those who are bereaved following a death, including children. Continuity of care at this stage is particularly beneficial, and enables accurate risk assessment for complicated grief. Onward referral to specialist services may be appropriate.

Services
Cruse Bereavement Care  

Verification of Death Policies
Nottingham City
  

Nottinghamshire County
  

Bassetlaw