Dealing with the practical

After a death by suicide, there are a lot of practical matters to deal with. Lots of things need to be done in the first few days after the death. This can feel overwhelming.

You can ask a friend, family or whānau member to help you with this, or nominate one person to be a family or whānau representative. This person can be responsible for communicating with officials including Police, mortuary staff, the funeral director and the Coroner.

You will be given a lot of information. It can help to keep it all together in a safe place which you can access easily as you need to. Some people have used a folder or notebook to help them do this.

If you can, avoid making major decisions immediately after a death. Grief and shock can affect decision making.