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I am very sorry for your loss and the apparent mishandling by the hospital.
As a rule, they needed to contact you especially if you had power of attorney or otherwise the authority to make decisions concerning health care.
You may consider having counsel reach out to the legal department for the hospital.
Counsel would leverage a possible claim in court to seek out a settlement and an apology for this mishandling
Please let me know if that is clear and if I can clarify anything.