35 After a Suicide | A Toolkit for Physician Residency/Fellowship Programs Appendix D2: Alternative Sample Email Death Notification for PDs in other Residency Programs Refer to the emails above in addressing whether the cause of death is known and if the family wishes it to be shared. The email to the rest of the programs should come from the DIO. I am writing with great sadness to inform you that one of our residents, [NAME] , a PGY [XXX] in the [SCHOOL NAME] residency program, has died. Dr. [NAME] was a graduate of [SCHOOL NAME] Medical School. Our thoughts and sympathies are with [HIS/HER] family and friends and the Department of [DEPARTMENT NAME]. All available residents/fellows in Dr. [NAME]’s residency program were given the news of the death today. The cause of death was suicide. It is usually the culmination of several health and life factors that converge in a person’s life during the same period of time, including mental health conditions such as depression, which lead to overwhelming mental and/or physical pain, anguish, and hopelessness. Sometimes these risk factors and warning signs are not identified or noticed; other times, a person who is struggling will show obvious symptoms or signs. Please speak with your residents about this sad news and the supports which are available to them. Consider if you have any residents who may be at risk and reach out to them individually. Resources for support and mental health care are listed below. We encourage any community members to seek the help they need. It is a time to come together, to grieve, and to support each other. [INSERT CONTACTS HERE.] (As applicable depending on emergency contact person preference) Information about a remembrance service will be shared as it becomes available. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. Sincerely, [DIO] Checklist continued on next page >