16 Dec What to Do When Someone Dies: Immediately
Losing a loved one is never easy. In a time when you are filled with grief and possibly shock, there are unfortunately some unpleasant tasks ahead of you that you need to deal with. Considering the emotional turmoil you are in, you might feel overwhelmed and paralyzed and even the simplest decisions can seem impossible.
That’s why we prepared this checklist that provides tips on what to do immediately when someone dies.
- Get death legally pronounced. If your loved one died in the hospital, then the staff will take care of this. If however, no doctor is present, you’ll need to contact someone to do this:
- If the person died at home under hospice care, call the hospice nurse, who can declare the death and help facilitate the transport of the body.
- If the person died at home without hospice care, call 911, and have a do-not-resuscitate document ready if it exists. Without it, the paramedics will usually start emergency procedures and in most cases take the person to an emergency room for a doctor to make the declaration.
- Find a mortuary that provides transportation of the body and arrange for transportation of the body. If autopsy isn’t required, the body can be picked up by a mortuary or crematorium.
- Notify the person’s doctor or the county coroner.
- Notify close family and friends. It might be easier for you to ask some of your family members to contact others so the burden of spreading the news isn’t all on you. If you are alone, ask someone to keep you company while you make these calls.
- Handle care of dependents and pets.
- Call the person’s employer, if he or she was working. Ask for any information about the benefits and any pay due including vacation or sick time, disability income, etc. Be sure to check if you or other dependents are still eligible for benefit coverage or if there is a life insurance policy through the employer, who the beneficiary is and how to file a claim.
We hope these tips help you keep a sad event from becoming even more painful and stressful.
Are you located in Utah? Call City View Mortuary to help you navigate during the journey of honoring your loved one.