Lynne finds it difficult to express in words what it felt like when her father died. The family gathered at the flat and Lynne got a lot of support from her husband. She describes this time as being a whirlwind. The paramedics arrived and started to work on her father. As he still had a pulse, a further emergency team was called out. All the time, they were trying to resuscitate Lynne’s dad behind closed doors and she found not knowing what was happening very upsetting. In addition to the paramedics, there were police officers in the flat and it became very claustrophobic. Eventually, a member of the ambulance team came through and told the family that their father was dead. The police family liaison officer was very helpful and offered Lynne, as the main contact for the family, practical advice on what would happen following the death. Lynne took the opportunity to say good-bye to her father and give him a final kiss. She is glad that she did this and feels that it was ‘the best thing she ever did.’
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