Several things need to be considered when a death occurs. The order in which things need to be done usually depends on whether the death occurred at a residence, a public place, a care center or in a hospital.
Today a large number of people choose to be at home with hospice or a Home Health Care provider, assisting the family until the death occurs. Usually the family will notify hospice of the provider 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 to 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 Medical Examiner will not need to come to the residence to review any information.
If the death occurs at a residence, a hospice or a home care provider is not involved, but the person is under a physician’s care, and the family and friends are present, do not call the funeral home first. Call 9-1-1 and report the death to the police and/or the fire department EMS. The police will conduct their normal investigation, notifying the medical examiner’s office and/or the attending physician, before calling the funeral home.
If the death occurs in a hospital or care center, the name of the funeral home may be 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.
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.
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, visitation, …?
By contacting Diehl-Whittaker Funeral Service, we will be able to help answer your questions and assist in making the appropriate plans. However, 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 Pre-Planning page.