Nothing can prepare you for the emotional shock experienced when losing a loved one. Even if the death has been expected.
There are two types of death – Natural and Unnatural causes.
The procedures to follow in the event of the natural and unnatural causes slightly differs. Here are some guidelines that may be of assistance.
Death because of an illness i.e. cancer, heart attack, stroke, renal failure etc.
A. When someone passes away in hospital;
If the deceased has been hospitalised as a result of an accident e.g. Motor vehicle accident, fall from stairs etc and passed away after a period of time (day/s, month/s, or years/s), or if a person passed away during an operation while still under anaesthetics, or did not regain consciousness of the operation and passed away, it is considered as unnatural causes. If a death occurs due to an epileptic fit, (even if the deceased was under the medical treatment for epilepsy), it is also considered as unnatural causes.
B. When someone passes away at home or a nursing home;
C. When someone passes away unexpectedly (from natural causes)
D. When a loved one passes away from home (in another province) or abroad
Death because of an accident, drowning, suicide etc
A. When someone passes away in a Hospital/Nursing Home
B. When someone passes away at home
Arranging a funeral can a be difficult task. The GBA offers an extremely high level of dedicated funeral care for both the family and their loved ones. We will advise you of all your options and choices and accommodate you with your wishes and most importantly those of the deceased.