Bereavement is sadly a normal life experience and many people may not need additional support at this time, as grief affects people in different ways. Working through the pain of the loss and coming to terms with the death of a loved one are vital tasks which affect future mental and physical health. Awareness of this has led to a growing number of bereavement services, from general bereavement befriending to specialist professional counselling. Your needs may be dependent on how significant or even traumatic the death was, and what support networks are available. More information on bereavement services in the community can be found in this leaflet.
Our bereavement office staff can provide advice on community bereavement support agencies and arrange follow up meetings with hospital staff.
The staff co-ordinate the paperwork required after a person's death, such as the medical cause of death certificate [MCCD] and cremation forms. They liaise with medical and nursing staff, funeral directors, H.M. Coroner’s office, the Registry office and various other outside agencies. They also ensure safekeeping of valuable items brought into the hospital.
Contact the bereavement team
For further information about the service or to speak to a member of the bereavement staff, please do not hesitate to contact them on 020 8869 2960.
Getting more support, advice and information
We have listed some local and national bereavement organisations which you may find helpful. A directory of bereavement services in London and nationally is available for download here.
How can we improve our service?
We are keen to hear your thoughts on how we care for people in the last days of life in our Trust. To help us improve our services, we would be grateful if you would take a few moments to complete the following online survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3RBPSFX