When A Death Occurs

When a death occurs, the order in which things need to be done often depends on where the death occurred. But, one thing should always be remembered: your heightened emotional state upon the death of a loved one. That's why we suggest that you ask a friend for help - someone who is more able to think clearly, and give you the support you need.

At Home or at Work

Steps To Be taken When A Death has Occurred

If you need immediate assistance call (727) 723-3020, we are available 24 hours a day.

When a death occurs, the order in which things need to be done depends on where the death occurred. 

While Under Supervised Care

At Home

When a death occurs at home and the person WAS NOT under the care of hospice you need to notify the police immediately. The police will respond, contact the medical examiner and investigate the circumstances of the death. The medical examiner may elect to bring the person into their care for a further examination. If the medical examiner does not feel there is a need for a further examination they will authorize the funeral home to be contacted and the funeral home personnel will arrive to bring the person into their care. You will need to let the police officer know which funeral home you have chosen and they will make the necessary contact.

If the person is home under hospice care and the death occurs when a hospice representative is not present, contact hospice immediately and they will begin the process of contacting the funeral home.

If in any case you are not sure of who to notify or what to do, you may call (727) 723-3020.

Widening the Circle

While Under Supervised Care

When a death occurs in a care facility, such as a hospital, hospice or nursing home, the professional staff will notify you and the necessary authorities. If the name of the funeral home was given to medical staff, the institution will notify the funeral home at the time of the death. You do need to give the medical professional staff your authority to contact the funeral home you have chosen. The funeral director will contact you following their notification to help you proceed. 

Those Important Questions

What To Expect When You arrange with us

One of the first things the funeral director will do is to provide you with our general price list. He or she will then guide you through the entire arrangement process.

This process may include:

  • Preparing and filing the official death certificate
  • Selecting an urn
  • Preparing an obituary notice

You may need to sign necessary authorization forms or arrange them to be signed by the appropriate family members.