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Dying in Hospital

Most people die in a hospital or nursing home. A medical certificate of cause of death is issued and the body is kept at the institution's morgue until next of kin (see next of kin) or the executor or administrator of the estate make arrangements for a funeral or contact a funeral director. Where no one arranges or pays for a funeral and the deceased had no money or other assets, the hospital must accept responsibility for arranging (and paying) for the burial through the Government contractor appointed by the Department of Human Services (SA), see financial assistance.

Dying in Hospital  :  Last Revised: Fri Feb 14th 2014
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