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Bereavement and Dealing with the Loss of a Loved One

The Edmonton Police Service understands how difficult it is when a loved one passes away.

What to do

If your family member has unexpectedly passed away in your home, call 9-1-1 immediately. Ask for an ambulance and let the operator know that you don't think your loved one is breathing. An ambulance and police officer will attend to your home. Please wait for police and EMS to arrive before you make arrangements to bring your loved one to the funeral home of your choice.

When the police officer arrives, you can request a Crime and Trauma Informed Support Services Advocate come to your house to guide you through the process and prepare you for what's to come. Our Crime and Trauma Informed Support Services Advocates provide emotional support, important contacts, and helpful information and guides to make this difficult time as easy for you as possible.

Dealing with the loss of a loved one

When someone close to you dies, it may be difficult to deal with feelings surrounding the loss. You may also experience difficulty determining what needs to be done following the death. The following information may assist you through this challenging time.

Resources for Investigations

To contact the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, telephone: 403-297-8123.

Grief Support Program (AHS)

Contact Victim Services Unit

If you have been the victim of a crime and would like support, please email or call 780-421-2217.