When faced with death, we can begin to have a lot of questions and thoughts. Some common thoughts may be about what happens now? or what needs to happen now? or what do I have to do? We invite you to call us at any stage and are available at all times to discuss any questions you may have.
Deaths from natural causes
Deaths from natural causes usually occur at a nursing home, hospital, or even at home after palliative care. If the death occurs at a nursing home, we are able to make a transfer immediately, however if the death occurs at a hospital or other location we may need to make a request to the attending doctor or hospital beforehand.
When the death of a loved one occurs unexpectedly it is natural to feel a deep sense of shock and it can be difficult to be able to think clearly. Unexpected deaths are quite often treated as coronial and the process of a post-mortem may be required. At Riverview Funerals, we keep in close contact with coroners, forensics doctors, and government transfer authorities to ensure that we are able to keep family informed on all aspects of the process.
Viewings can be a way of finding some closure for some people. For other people, they may wish to remember the person as who they were. It is completely up to family to make a decision on whether or not to have a viewing and the decision is often based on family tradition and the circumstances of the death.
Who do I inform
The thought of who has to be informed is a common thought following a death. We have compiled a list of common organisations which may be required to be notified. For pre-arrangements we also offer an online method for creating a personal notification list using our E-arranger.
We understand that the beginning of grief can be the start of a journey of emotions which takes time to heal. We offer dedicated staff with a background in pastoral caring and ministry, as well as qualified grief counsellors. We also offer open grief support sessions. Please see our upcoming events page for future sessions or if you are interested in knowing more please call us at our nearest office.