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Coping with the death of a loved one


Coping with the death of a loved one is a most difficult task. It is often painful, exhausting, confusing, and difficult to handle. People tell us that it leaves them feeling shocked, numbed, bewildered, lonely, sad, and unable to function.

During the next few hours and days, you will be called upon to make many decisions — some you are required to do, others you may choose to do. This information has been prepared to assist you during this difficult period. We hope it will help you cope with the immediate death-related events, your plans for a funeral or service, burial or cremation, and basic legal and financial matters.

The staff extend to you their sincere sympathy. We respect different cultural and faith traditions. We are also sensitive to your family needs and may facilitate interfaith rituals at the end of life as requested.

We are here for you and your family when it matters most. The entire family may feel devastated, disorganized and confused at this time — these feelings are normal. At this time of great stress, we encourage you to let us know. A staff member can put you in touch with a chaplain or a social worker. Chaplains are available 24 hours a day. In addition, you may wish to use the services of these organizations.

Spiritual and Religious Care: 416-480-4421 (on call 24 hours)

Social Work: If you wish to speak to a social worker please ask a member of your health care team to connect you with one.

Locating: 416-480-4244 

Location and contact

Palliative care unit admissions (K1E/K1C)

For Palliative Care Unit Referrals.
Please refer to Making A Referral
Phone: 416-480-6182
Fax: 416-480-6118

Palliative care consult team

For inpatient consultations and ambulatory care clinic visits.
Please refer to Palliative Care Consult Team
Phone: 416-480-6100 ext. 67255
Fax: 416-480-5146
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding palliative care referrals and resources, please do not hesitate to contact us.

For urgent matters outside of business hours, please call locating at 416-480-4244 and ask the operator to page the "on-call palliative care physician/consultant".

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