Death notifications- next of kin
One of my current investigations is for a construction fatality. As part of our process we send a sympathy letter and keep the next of kin notified of our investigation (preferably before they read it in the paper or hear it on the news). The family had been trying to get a hold of the victim for the past week and I had to do a death notification over the phone. The local agency where they live (out of state) tried to contact them in person, but were unable to. It was one of the hardest conversations I've ever had to do.
1. How do you perform death notifications?
2. How do you perform them if you are in a different location than the family?
3. Any tips for the future?