Care provided after death:
Cemeteries are respected and protected areas, managed by churches or councils, where people are buried. Cemetry services include:
- Facilitation of burials after registration of death
- Allocation of land for burial, the digging and filling of graves, the maintenance of the grounds and the maintenance of burial registers
- Provision of burial records for people researching their family history.
- Certain cemeteries have dedicated areas used for hospital burial, especially for deaths/miscarriages in maternity units.
- In Northern Ireland the majority of people still choose burial over cremation, though numbers of cremations are increasing. The tradition is that, if possible, burial takes place within 3-4 days of death.
- Funeral director
- Hospital mortuary and maternity services
The Standard of Bereavement Care is enhanced when:
- Timely registration of death takes place
- Documentation is completed accurately
- Bereaved families are given accurate information about the services provided (especially the nature of hospital burials of babies, and the constraints of a communal burial plot)
Standards and Guidelines:
Code of Practice The Federation of Burial Cremation Authorities
Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) Codes of Practice and Charter for the Bereaved www.iccm-uk.com