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During this difficult time, this information may help with some of the decisions that must be made.
Families are welcome to stay at the bedside to say good-bye. If you or your loved one has chosen cremation, this may be the last time that you see them. A bedside service by your own clergy or hospital chaplain may be requested. This should be accommodated within a reasonable period of time (i.e. 1-2 hours)
Staff will inform you if an autopsy is required. Families may also request the physician to arrange an autopsy. Families may be charged for an autopsy they request. Your family physician will provide you with the results.
Our hospital offers the option of organ donation. If you would like information about organ donation (including eye donation), please ask a member of the health care team or call Trillium Gift of Life at 1-877-363-8456. You can visit them on the web at giftoflife.on.ca or our Be a Donor page at beadonor.ca/tbrhsc.
Most airlines will arrange compassionate travel bookings for immediate family members. Details should be clarified with the airline when making reservations.
The hospital staff will request the name of the funeral home or memorial society that you have chosen. If organ donation has been requested there may be a delay, perhaps one day, in funeral plans. The funeral director will need specific information about the deceased to register the death i.e.:
More information for the obituary may be requested by the funeral director. The funeral director will assist you with planning the service, arranging for clergy, notices of death, applications for financial benefits, newspaper announcements and liaison with community services.
There may be several agencies and organizations that should be notified. Proof of death certificate may be requested and is available from the funeral home/Memorial Society.