What to do when a loved one dies.
1. Get a
legal pronouncement of death. If no doctor is present, you’ll need to contact
someone to do this:
If the person dies at home under hospice
care, call the hospice nurse, who can declare the death and help facilitate the
transport of the body.
If the person dies at home without
hospice care, call 911, and have in hand a do - not - resuscitate document if it exists. Without
one, paramedics will generally start emergency procedures and, except where
permitted to pronounce death, take the person to an emergency room for a doctor
to make the declaration.
for transportation of the body. If no autopsy is needed, the body can be picked
up by a mortuary (by law, a mortuary must provide price info over the phone) or
3. Notify the
person’s doctor or the county coroner.
close family and friends. (Ask some to contact others.)
care of dependents and pets.
6. Call the
person’s employer, if he or she was working. Request info about benefits and
any pay due. Ask whether there was a life-insurance policy through the company.
Within a few days after death
7. Arrange for
funeral and burial or cremation. Search the person’s documents to find out
whether there was a prepaid burial plan. Ask a friend or family member to go
with you to the mortuary. Prepare an obituary.
8. If the person
was in the military or belonged to a fraternal or religious group, contact that
organization. It may have burial benefits or conduct funeral services.
9. Ask a friend or
relative to keep an eye on the person’s home, answer the phone, collect mail,
throw food out, and water plants.
Up to 10
days after death
Aftercare Councilor will be contacting you to help you and your family with any
questions or actions needed for social security, insurance claims and head
stone design and ordering.
The caring and experienced professionals at Olpin Family Mortuary are here to support you through this difficult time. And we will carefully guide you through the many decisions that must be made during this challenging time.
You are welcome to call us at any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience. We also provide a wealth of information here on our web site so you can learn more from the privacy of your own home.