When A Sudden Death Happens

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What Do You Do To Cope?

Comfortable informal outdoor area at Thompsons Funerals
The comfortable informal outdoor area at Thompsons Funerals

What would you do today if there had been a sudden death in your family yesterday? What would you do first?
No one wants to think about funerals, let alone plan one, and that’s the truth, but working things out in advance can ease the stresses you can naturally feel. Being prepared with a process in place does, after all, bring peace of mind.
According to McCrindle Research, 86% of Australians over 50 have not thought about their funeral service, with only 6% having made detailed arrangements.

In order to be informed, here are some key points of the process following a Sudden Death:

  1. If you are not sure a person has passed away or if a death was unexpected, call 000 immediately and ask for an ambulance. Once the ambulance crew arrive, the situation will be assessed with police or the person’s GP contacted.
  2. The Coroner has legal control over the body of the deceased person once a report of death is recorded (usually from police, doctors or hospital authorities).
  3. The deceased person is transported to the Coroner by a funeral company as determined by a contract with the Coroner. The final choice of the funeral company to conduct the service although is the choice of the family.
  4. It is important to be supported during this time and through the process. Seek individuals and companies that best support you when dealing with a sudden death situation.

Thompson’s Funerals offers support from start to finish.