When Death Occurs
At Home or Away from a Health Care Facility:
Sudden, unexpected death: Call 911 for an
Expected death: When someone who has been terminally
ill dies at home, call 911 to summon paramedics, who will be needed
to pronounce the person dead. An exception is Hospice patients whose
Hospice nurse should be called.
You will need to give the paramedics the
name of the deceaseds physician, who will sign the death certificate.
When death occurs at home or away from a health care facility, a deputy
sheriff will make the death report, and the remains will be taken
to the medical examiners office. After the body has been released
by the medical examiner, the funeral home will arrange further services.
Making Final Arrangements
When death occurs in the hospital, the family
must make arrangements with the funeral home. Funeral homes can be
contacted 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They will make an appointment
with the family to discuss options and meanwhile will transport the
body to their facility.
In cases where the remains are to be transferred
out of the area, local funeral homes can handle the details, and will
charge a modest fee.
Although it involves a confrontation with
mortality that some may find uncomfortable, making advance arrangements
can be helpful. Doing so will relieve the survivors of a difficult
task at an emotionally trying time, and allows the deceased a role
in making choices.
After being signed by a physician indicating the
cause of death, a death certificate is filed with the County Health
Departments Vital Statistics unit. Copies of the death certificate
are available from either the funeral director or the local State
Vital Records office at 813-307-8002.
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