What happens when a loved one dies? What are the logistical steps that you must take to ensure that their body is properly taken care of, and carefully moved to the site of the funeral home?

Melissa Ruth Licensed Funeral Director, Longview Funeral Home & Cemetery

There are different sets of protocols depending on whether the death occurs at home, under hospice care, or in the hospital. This article will look at the latter two scenarios.

For a loved one to die under hospice care is, frankly, easier to deal with than a loved one dying in other conditions. Practically speaking, there are simply fewer steps that must be taken. The first thing to do is to call the hospice worker, who will come to the home. The hospice worker will arrange for a physician to come and call the time of death. In addition, the hospice worker will destroy all prescription medications that the deceased was taking, and at that point the funeral home may be contacted to come and transport the body.

When someone dies in the hospital, the situation is slightly different. The procedure depends on how long the person was in the hospital. If it was under 24 hours time, then a medical examiner must be contacted to assess the cause of death. If the deceased was present in the hospital for more than 24 hours, however, then this step can be avoided, and the hospital can more expediently release the body to the funeral home.

A final note: In some cases, if there is even a hint of anything suspicious, then a full autopsy might be required. In particular, this is needed if the deceased was an elderly person who died due to falling.

Knowing these procedures is important for ensuring you handle a loved one’s death properly and expediently; simply calling the funeral home to transport the body is, in most cases, not enough.

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