Guidance for Staff Responsible for Care after Death (last offices)

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These guidelines were published by the National End of life Care programme in partnership with the National Palliative Care Nurse Consultants Group. The publication highlights the wide-ranging and sensitive care it is helpful that nurses and their colleagues undertake when an adult dies.


This document describes pathways of care for the person who has died from the time of death to burial or cremation. It provides guidance to ensure the deceased and their family are kept at the focus of care with their privacy and dignity maintained, whilst addressing issues such as tissue donation, coroner’s requirements, and the health and safety of all staff.