When a Death Occurs

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. 

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.

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. 

What To Expect When You Arrive At The Funeral Home

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, explaining how you can create a memorable personal celebration of your loved one’s life. This is not a one-way conversation; we want to hear your ideas and desires, and use them as the foundation for the arrangement process.

This process may include:

  • Preparing and filing the official death certificate
  • Scheduling the location, date and time of services or events
  • Selecting a casket, urn or other items
  • Preparing an obituary notice

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

We encourage you to bring any photos, a favorite song, or memorabilia so that you and your funeral director can better discuss how you would like your loved one to be remembered. 

Our funeral director will assist you in planning a loving tribute that captures the spirit of the person whose life you wish to honor.

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