St John’s Winchester Charity

What Happens When Someone Dies?

If someone dies in hospital

Hospitals will often allow you to spend time with your loved one on the ward before they have to be moved to the mortuary. In most hospitals you can make an appointment through their bereavement services to see your relative in their chapel of rest.

Southampton General Hospital Bereavement Services – 02381 204587

Queen Alexandra Hospital Bereavement Services – 02392 286175

If someone dies in a care home, a hospice or at home

In these circumstances, death is often expected. The death will usually be confirmed by a qualified professional, normally a doctor. A funeral director can be called at any time, but they will not be able to take your loved one into their care until the death has been verified. In both these situations, a doctor who has been looking after the deceased will issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death.


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