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What To Do When a Death Occurs

Review the following scenarios to determine what to do in your particular situation.

Scenario #1: death at home with Hospice or a Home Health Care provider assisting.

Today a large number of people choose to be at home with Hospice or a HomeHealth Care provider assisting the family until death occurs. Usually, the family will notify the Hospice of the death and Hospice will notify the proper people in the correct order. They will contact the physician, the Medical Examiner’s office, and they will call the funeral home.The Medical Examiner’s office needs to be notified of all deaths that occur in a home. With Hospice or a Home Health Care Provider involved, a simple phone call is the only notification that the Medical Examiner needs. The MedicalExaminer will not need to come to the residence to review any information.

Scenario #2: death at home without Hospice or a Home Health Care provider assisting.

If Hospice or a Home Health Care Provider is not involved, but the person is under a physician’s care, and family or friends are present, the family may want to call the funeral home directly.

If 911 is called and an ambulance responds, the ambulance crew needs to notify the police who will then need to come to the residence. The police will then havetheir normal investigation that they will need to follow through with beforecalling the funeral home. However, if the family calls the funeral home first, thefuneral home will notify the proper authorities by a phone call and no policeagency will need to come to the residence.

Scenario #3: death in a residence and no one is there at the time of death

If the death occurs in a residence and no one is there at the time of death, the police will need to be notified and respond to the residence before the deceased is removed from their home.

Scenario #4: death in a hospital or care center

If the death occurs in a hospital or care center, the name of the funeral home maybe left with them, and the institution will notify the funeral home at the time of the death. The funeral home will respond and at the next practical time, review matters with the family.

Scenario #5: you are not sure whot to notify or what to do

If in any case the death should occur and you are not sure of who to notify or what to do, you may call your funeral home and they will assist you in notifying the proper agencies.

Additional Considerations

There are several other questions that you may have in regards to the death of your loved one, such as, “do I have to have embalming?”, “do I need to purchase a casket?”, “what about cemetery arrangements?”, “does the family have a minister?”, “do we want cremation or burial?” By contacting the CarsonCelebration of Life Center, we will be able to help answer your questions and assist in making the appropriate plans.

One of the best ways to make sure that all of your questions and desires are taken care of is to make pre-arrangements. This is as simple as outlining your wishes to having all of the details written down and the financial arrangements prepaid. Please contact one of our staff to learn more or visit our page in Planning Ahead.