When Death Occurs

The information provided by Simply Cremation & Funeral Care below explains what to do when someone dies at home, in an institution, under hospice or unexpectedly.

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Death in an institution

When a death occurs at a hospital or nursing home, the medical staff should complete all necessary legal steps. Family needs to notify the medical staff that Simply Cremation & Funeral Care will handle arrangements so they can have you sign any necessary release paperwork.

Anticipated death at home

Today, more people with terminal illnesses are electing to spend their last moments at home under the care of hospice. In this situation, family needs to notify hospice that Simply Cremation & Funeral Care is the funeral home of choice. Hospice will address all necessary legal requirements. When someone has a terminal illness, their family will typically choose to pre-plan funeral arrangements to reduce the number of decisions made at the time of death.

Unanticipated death at home or elsewhere

In these situations, immediately call 911. The police and emergency medical personnel will then determine the appropriate steps to be taken. Often, the police can release the deceased directly to our funeral home. However, in certain cases, the body may need to go to the Medical Examiner’s office so that they can determine the cause of death.

Death out of state

We can coordinate with a local funeral director at the place of death and can often save families money by making the arrangements on their behalf. We will arrange transportation for the deceased and make contact with your family, either immediately or within 24 hours, depending on your availability and the circumstances.

Please feel free to call us at any time during this process. Our professional staff is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Funeral arrangement conference

We schedule in-person meetings at each family’s convenience to ensure that a funeral director is immediately available and can devote the personal attention and time needed to make arrangements. During this meeting at our facility, we will discuss your thoughts and plans, and let you know the information needed depending on the circumstances.

This “arrangement conference” is the time we spend together learning your wishes for funeral care and arrangements. We will also collect necessary information, forms, and signatures. We will offer guidance, support and as many options as you need.

Please keep in mind that we want what you want. The funeral arrangement conference typically lasts about 2 hours. We go as fast or slow as you wish. Our overall goal is to succeed in making a difficult time just a little less difficult for your family

Next of Kin (in order of Priority)

  • Spouse
  • Majority of children
  • Majority of grandchildren
  • Majority of great grandchildren
  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Majority of siblings
  • Majority of nieces & nephews
  • Majority of grand nieces & nephews
  • Majority of aunts & uncles
  • Majority of first cousins
  • Any other blood relative
If you’re wondering what to do when someone dies without a next of kin, they can’t be located, or agrees to sign the authorization, the decedent’s guardian has the final say over disposition. If there is no guardian, a personal representative named in the decedent’s will or appointed by a court has the final say over disposition.