When Death Occurs
Whether a death is sudden or expected, the loss of a loved one is indescribable. When you are in a heightened emotional state, even the most basic decisions can seem staggering. When there is a death, what you need to do may depend on where the death occurs. Sometimes it is better for a friend or family member that can think clearly under pressure to help you at this time.
Unexpected death at home:
If the person was not under hospice care, the police will have to be notified immediately. The police will be dispatched to the home and will place the call to the coroner. From there, the coroner will remove the body and determine whether further action is necessary. The coroner will release the body to a funeral home after the investigation.
Death at a hospital, nursing home, hospice:
Often a social worker or nursing staff will guide you in the proper procedure. They may call us if you have left the name of our company with them. We suggest that you contact us yourself immediately so that we may connect for an office visit to sign papers.
Expected Death At Home:
Through LHIN a terminally ill person may arrange to have home care and nursing care until death. A nurse or Personal Support Worker will guide you through the procedure. If you are on this program then call the nursing company to pronounce. We will come when you are ready for us.
Meeting Our Staff
You should meet with us within 24 hours of a death to begin making final arrangements. Deciding on these final arrangements may seem like a very daunting task, especially when you are in heightened emotional state but do not worry. Our staff have years of experience, and will strive to keep things simple yet complete.
First, the Funeral Director will gather the following information required for various forms. This includes:
- Full Name and Address
- Marital Status and spouses name
- Date and Place of Birth
- What they did during most of working life
- Father’s Name, Mother’s Name (including maiden name) and where they were born
The funeral director may require pertinent documents required to do Federal benefit applications, such as marriage licence.
If no pre-planning has been done arrangements may include:
- Scheduling the location, date and time for a celebration of life service.
- Selecting burial or cremation
- Choosing Funeral Products
- Arranging a cemetery plot
- Preparing an obituary notice
- Scheduling transportation arrangements
We will guide you through all of these steps as a foundation to create a suitable memorial. Personalized services may include a favorite sports team, favorite type of music, activities known best for. Sharing these memories will enable you to pay tribute to the life lived.