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What To Do When A Death Occurs

 Handling  the death of a loved one is never an easy task. We've put together some  of the important information you'll need to make the initial decisions,  reach out to the appropriate people, and begin the process of designing  your loved one's final farewell. Remember that, as you begin to cope  with your loss, it's often a good idea to enlist the help and support of  a trusted friend in making the necessary arrangements.

If  you have any questions about your next steps, the options available to  you, or what the funeral arrangement process will entail, we'd be  honored to walk you through this information in more detail and answer  your questions. Don't hesitate to contact us for anything you might need.  

Within Hours

When  a death occurs at home or in the workplace, you'll need to contact  emergency personnel or your loved one's physician if he or she was under  medical care. If no one else was present when the death occurred,  you'll also need to notify the police before the deceased is moved to a  secondary location.

When  a death occurs while your loved one is in a hospital, care facility or  hospice program, the professional staff will notify you and contact the  appropriate authorities. If you've already given them the name of a  funeral home, the facility will contact them as well.

The  next steps involve registration of the death, and the processes and  documentation involved depend upon the circumstances. The professionals  you've contacted will help to guide you through obtaining a medical  certificate and the appropriate registration procedures.

If  you're ever unsure of whom you should notify or what your next steps  should be, please call us for assistance in determining the appropriate  course of action for your particular situation. 

Within the First Few Days

After  you've taken care of the initial necessary arrangements, you'll want to  notify friends and relatives of the death. If it is too painful for you  to do this yourself, it's absolutely okay for a trusted friend to make  the call in your place. Now is the time to review any prearranged wishes  or plans your loved one may have put in place, and meet with the  professionals at your chosen funeral home to discuss your options and  begin designing a funeral. You'll also write a death notice or obituary  to notify those in the community of your loved one's passing.

Don't  hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have about what you  need to do, even if your concerns aren't directly related to the  funeral. We're well-versed in all topics relating to the loss of a loved  one, and we'd be honored to provide you with answers, advice, and  guidance in your time of need. 

What If There Aren't Any Prearrangements?

If  your loved one has not specified any arrangements or preferences  beforehand, there are some initial questions you will likely need to  answer when you consult with your funeral home:


  • Should I choose embalming?
  • Do I need to purchase a casket?
  • Will I care for my loved one's physical remains through burial or cremation?
  • What sort of funeral or memorial service should I plan?
  • Are  there any religious traditions or customs I need to plan for? Should I  engage the services of a clergy member or spiritual leader?

These  questions are just a starting point, and you don't need to know the  answers right away. Start thinking about your decisions, and contact us  to gain a better understanding of your options and discuss what might be  the most appropriate solution for your situation. We're here to make  this process easier for you, and we can start by making sure that you  have all of the information and guidance you'll need.