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Death Notification


Content Provider:
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada


2 hours

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Informing someone of the sudden death of a loved one is one of the most difficult tasks an emergency response professional has to perform. Apprehensions surrounding death notification include feeling untrained, coping with survivors’ reactions, and facing personal fears about death. Knowing what is appropriate to say and do during such a traumatic event is not easy.

Death Notification is adapted from classroom training offered by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada). It teaches police officers, victim support workers, and other emergency services personnel the most current, proven, and compassionate approaches to death notification. It also provides learners with the skills necessary to lay their own apprehensions about death aside while they support the next of kin during the notification and help them cope with a death.

Learning Objectives

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Recall common apprehensions about performing a death notification
  • Recall the fundamental elements of a death notification
  • Identify the needs of next of kin and recall what is appropriate to say during a notification
  • Recall protocols for viewing the deceased and concerns of the bereaved
  • Recall how to help victims heal


Target Audience

Sworn Police, Police Civilian, Public Safety Officer, Peace Officer / Special Constable, Student, Other Federal, Provincial and Municipal Employees