When Death Occurs
The loss of a loved one can leave us feeling emotional and overwhelmed, regardless of whether the death was sudden or expected. No amount of preparation can fully prepare you for the loss of a loved one. In this difficult time, even the most basic decisions can seem overwhelming. With this in mind, we have provided a basic outline of some of the things that need to be taken care of.
When a Death Occurs at Home:
If the person was not under hospice care, the police need to be notified. The police will come to the home, and they will place a call to the coroner. The coroner will come, and determine if any further action is necessary. The coroner must release the body before a funeral home can do anything. If the person was under hospice care, contact the hospice representative. They will instruct you on the proper procedures to follow.
When a Death Occurs at a Hospital or Nursing Home:
If you are not present at the time your loved one dies, the staff of the facility will notify you that the death has occurred.
Informing a Funeral Director:
Once everything has been cleared with the proper authorities, the next call you place should be to a funeral home. They have funeral directors on-call who will be in contact with you about what will happen next.
Meeting a Funeral Director:
You should meet with a funeral director within 24 hours of a death to begin to make final arrangements for your loved one. There are many details and arrangements to be taken care of, and this can seem like a daunting task. The funeral director will work with you to make sure that all of these details and arrangements are taken care of.
Some information that the funeral director will need to complete required paperwork includes:
- Full Name and Address
- Marital Status
- Date and City of Birth
- Highest Level of Education
- Parent's Names & Place of Birth (including Mother's Maiden Name)
- Name of Spouse (if married or widowed)
- Occupation and Employer
If no pre-planning has been done, necessary arrangements need to be made for the funeral service. These include:
- Scheduling the location, date, and time of the visitation and funeral service
- Selecting burial or cremation
- Choosing Funeral Products
- Arranging a cemetery plot
- Preparing an obituary notice
- Scheduling transportation arrangements
A funeral director will guide you through all of these steps to create a funeral that celebrates the life of your loved one.