The statement from the club puts no timescale of any sort on RHB's break and it seems clear that after his abortive comeback against Hampshire he came to the conclusion that playing cricket at this time in his life was not the best course of action.
Clearly this is not a decision he will have taken lightly. He knew what a relative leap of faith Chris Adams took in appointing him captain two and a half years ago and indeed the confidence he has continued to place in him in the meantime. But Hamilton-Brown is letting no one down by passing captaincy responsibilities, temporarily, to Gareth Batty.
Cricket is important, but relative to what else has gone on in the past two weeks or so, not that important. Surrey cricket will continue and Batty will, I'm sure, do a fine job of keeping the captaincy warm for when RHB returns.
Many of us will have suffered the loss of a close friend or relative, and some will have struggle to cope in those circumstances. But the pressures of leading a high profile sports team, with all the memories and associations that will stir in Hamilton-Brown's head, must magnify the strains of the situation. Taking a break, however long it may be, is the right decision.
Get well soon Rory, you can hold your head high and I'm sure the supporters and members will welcome you back with open arms.