Our bereavement service offers one-to-one support for relatives and those close to patients who have died in our hospitals.

Bereavement services

Our bereavement service provides practical advice and support during this difficult time.

Everyone’s needs are different so patients can contact the patient affairs team in the first instance to discuss the help and support they require. Our women’s and children’s services and our neonatal unit also have their own bereavement services.

Our patient affairs team is able to help with the following areas:

  • Collection of the doctor’s Cause of Death Certificate (this is needed to register a death at the Registrar’s Office)
  • Information and advice about registering a death (local offices and registering a death by declaration)
  • Details of funeral directors, social services and other useful organisations
  • The collection of personal belongings
  • Post mortem advice and consenting
  • Deaths referred to the Coroner’s office
  • In cases where disability or distance are an issue, registration of death and assistance with funeral arrangements
    Advice on assistance with funeral costs (DWP)

Our patient information leaflet offers additional information about our bereavement service. It provides a brief explanation of the service and how to contact us.