When Death Occurs At Home
When death occurs at home, you should first call your local police department (or 911) and then phone your personal physician and/or your current attending physician. If you have hospice care, they will take care of this for you. Then you should phone the funeral home of your choice. The funeral home cannot remove the deceased until he/she has been released by authorization from the Medical Examiner and Police Dept. When authorization has been granted, the funeral home will come and transport the deceased back to the funeral home.
When Death Occurs At A Medical Facility/Nursing Home
When death occurs at a medical facility/nursing home, the staff will contact the funeral home of your choice. The funeral home will take care of all of the immediate arrangements and get in contact with you. If you wish, you may phone the funeral home on your own.
When Death Occurs Away From Home
When death occurs away from home, you should first phone your local police department (or 911) if death occurs at a residence. Then, or if death occurs at a medical facility, you should phone the funeral home you have chosen to handle the services to take care of ALL of the arrangements concerning embalming/cremation and transportation.
After these immediate arrangements have been made, you will need to contact family members and friends. You will also need to meet with your funeral director to make all of the necessary arrangements and sign the required forms if you have not done any pre-planning. We emphasize how much easier this time will be if you have previously made arrangements.