What to Do When a Death Occurs

Potential Circumstances:

When death occurs at home or a place of business.

If the person was not under palliative care, the Police will have to be notified immediately.

Many people question this circumstance so explained as plainly as possible, this means that if someone is in your home, their home, place of business or worship, and they die….and this death was not currently under the care of medical professionals who are qualified in this circumstance to make a pronouncement….this is then viewed as an unanticipated or unexpected life event and you would call 911 immediately.

The same holds true for someone who arrives home or attends a family member or friend’s home and upon entering finds the deceased and this death was unexpected or sudden. The Police will be dispatched to the home and they will place the call to the Coroner.

The Coroner may make arrangements to take the body to determine whether further action is necessary, or the Coroner will release the body allowing your chosen Provider to be notified to attend the home.

If your choice of Providers is Wareing Cremation Services we can be reached by telephone day or night at 519-409-5575 or 519-290-5575.

In either of these circumstances, be assured that the Coroner is a medical professional who is empathetic, and every Coroner does his or her absolute best to provide answers for family.

If the person was under palliative nursing care, contact the palliative nursing representative if they were not present to determine what the proper procedures are to follow.

In these circumstances a responsible medical team will have, should have, a plan (EDITH) in place as this was an eventual expected outcome.

This plan would have both the Doctor and Provider notified in writing well in advance by those providing palliative nursing care as to the part each will play at the time of death in the home; all parties would have indicated compliance, in writing, with this plan well in advance.

When a death occurs at a hospital/nursing home/hospice facility.

The staff of a care facility such as a hospital, nursing home, or hospice will notify the designated family member and the signing physician immediately after a death has occurred.

If a designated Provider has been provided to the hospital, nursing home or hospice in advance, that Provider, ie. Wareing Cremation Services, will be notified once the deceased has been released.

If your loved One has died at the hospital, long term care home, or Hospice, and their staff has notified you – you being the Spouse, Adult Child, or the designated contact person - of the death of your loved One, Wareing Cremation Services can be reached by telephone (519-409-5575 or 519- 290-5575) Day or Night. If you are too emotional, appoint a family member present to do so.

This initial call can be made in the same manner if you are present with your family member at a hospital, long term care facility, or hospice when they pass away.

With this initial call we will speak with the Executor or the responsible family member to confirm that our services are required by your family, obtain their telephone number, and set up a time for the Executor or Authorized Person to attend our office to make those final arrangements.

Informing the Provider of choice in a timely manner is essential. It is important to realize that in the circumstance of a Hospice or a Nursing Home most especially, this is an almost immediate decision that must be made as the majority of these facilities impose a tight timeline for a Provider, such as Wareing Cremation Services, to attend.

No matter whether the death is sudden and unexpected, or an anticipated passing, bringing the deceased into the trusted care of a Provider initiates a respectful transition.

When a Death Occurs in your Family….. either suddenly, or if it something that was a long time coming, the loss of a loved one is emotional and often overwhelming. No amount of acknowledgement can ever fully prepare you for the loss of a loved one.

Making the necessary and immediate decisions required when a person dies involves mental and physical strength and attention. How this final disposition is carried out is surrounded by religious, personal, social and cultural considerations. Equally important is recognition of the social and psychological impact that death brings.

Those First Steps……discussions, choices, decisions, and signatures need to be accomplished within the first 12 to 18 hours after death….the sooner the better. Knowing where to even begin is in and of itself a very overwhelming circumstance for some. Decisions on these final arrangements may seem like a very daunting task but……

Wareing Cremation Services is here
to make this path less overwhelming and to provide confidence.