My wife has phoned the hospital several times today. Two incidents today give rise to a further question:
Even though my brother-in-law has been conscious and has been spoken a few words over the phone, and very briefly answered some questions, the duty nurse asked my wife if the hospital should take extraordinary action to resuscitate him should his 'heart stop', saying he may not be in a state to accurately express what he wants. My wife answered 'no' to taking extraordinary measures.
Then later, we asked the hospital chaplain to visit my brother. The chaplain reported that the floor matron/nurse interjected during the visit that the next of kin would be responsible the death certificate--not sure why the nurse got involved. Then the chaplain himself added, in speaking to my wife, that the next of kin, my wife, would be expected to take responsibility the ensuing expenses at death, added further that if one is in, then one is committed to 100% of all costs-- there can be no partial commitment. I take this to mean that one cannot arrange a funeral service without also taking responsibility other costs, such as burial, disposal of personal property, etc.
The above two incidents, prompted my wife to ask if the question about resuscitation was a ruse to trick her into accepting responsibility as next of kin, even before any death has occurred. What is your opinion? has my wife already made herself culpable burial and funeral expenses?