Bereavement will affect people in many different ways and can cause a variety of physical and mental symptoms. Grief is a natural process but some people are quite surprised by the intensity of their feelings and thoughts in the early days of bereavement, and they worry that these feelings are not normal.
In Hastings there are bereavement services for those people who may be finding it difficult to cope with the death of a relative or friend. You can access these services directly. Sometimes just talking through the event with someone who is not involved will help you adjust to the situation.
The following websites will offer more information and support:
In the unfortunate event that a person has passed away, there are three things that must be done in the first few days;
If the death has been reported to the coroner (or Procurator Fiscal in Scotland) they must give permission before registering the death.
You can register the death if you are a relative, a witness to the death, a hospital administrator or the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.
The funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered. Most people use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself.
These organisations have codes of practice – they must give you a price list when asked.
Contact the Cemeteries and Crematorium Department of your local council to arrange a funeral yourself.
Funeral directors may list all these costs in their quotes.