When Death Occurs

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No matter if a death is sudden, or if it something that was a long time coming, the loss of a loved one makes us feel emotional and overwhelmed.  No amount of preparation can fully prepare you for the loss of a loved one.  When you are in a heightened emotional state, even the most basic decisions can seem staggering.  The following is a rough guideline of what needs to be done within the first 24 hours after death.

When death occurs at home or a place of business

If the person was not under hospice care, the Police/EMS will have to be notified immediately.  The Police/EMS will be dispatched to the place of death, they will contact the Medical Examiner and/or the deceased's primary care Dr. If the Medical Examiner refuses the case and the primary care Dr. will sign the Death Certificate the Police/EMS will need to know what Death Care Provider/Cremation Service you want to pickup the Deceased. If the person was under hospice care, contact the hospice representative if they were not present and they will notify family members what the proper procedures are to follow.

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

The staff of a care facility such as a hospital or a nursing home will notify you and the necessary authorities immediately after a death has occurred. Make sure they know what Cremation Service you want to be called to take possession of your loved ones body. 

Informing the Cremation Staff

Once everything has been cleared with the proper authorities, the next call you place should be to a licensed Cremation Service.  Our licensed staff members are here to help and advise you and will work very hard to relieve the stress and logistics involved in the planning process. 

Our Direct Cremation starts at $695.00 and includes: our basic service fee, transportation from the place of death (within a 60 mile radius), refrigeration, cremation authorization fee, cremation container (fiberboard), crematory fee, cremated remains picked up at our office.

For other options, please visit our Pricing page.

Meeting the Cremation Staff

You should meet with a licensed staff member within 24 hours of a death to begin to make final arrangements for your loved one.  Deciding on these final arrangements may seem like a very daunting task, especially when you are in heightened emotional state, but, the cremation staff have years of experience dealing with these issues, and strive to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Making Arrangements

First the licensed staff member will gather information required for the death certificate.  This includes:

  • Full Name and Address
  • Social Security Number
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Marital Status
  • Legal Address
  • Occupation/Business or Industry
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Highest Level of Education
  • Father’s Name, Mother’s Name (including maiden name)
  • Name of Spouse (if married or widowed)