Have someone call other family members to notify them of the death and let them know if they should come to the hospital. This is a very stressful moment, and you may need someone to drive you home from the hospital. If you are a member of a church, have someone notify your minister about the death and whether or not they should come to the hospital.
Inform the nurse if you are considering the donation program or if you would like more information. Many families benefit from organ, eye, and tissue donation. Trained staff members are available to talk with you and answer your questions. In certain circumstances, an autopsy may be required by law.
Gather your loved one's personal belongings that are at the hospital.
If desired, ask the hospital for a private setting in which you and your family can pray and grieve.
You may want to pick a contact person to give updates to friends and extended family members. This will limit the number of calls you receive, and free up your time to make final arrangement, receive guests, or to have personal time to grieve.