Chapter 2: When death happens

The first few hours

I did not know what to do with myself or just in general. My son had been sick for years and dying for months, so there was no element of surprise. But I felt numb in those first few hours.

The first few hours after someone you care about has died is often emotionally challenging. What do you do? Whom should you call? The answers are varied and can depend upon your situation and where the person died.

Many caregivers prefer to have family or friends with them at those times while others want to be alone. Some choose to sit with the person’s body to say their final goodbye.