When Someone Dies, What Should I Do?
- When the person dies at home without hospice care, call 911, and have in hand a do-not-resuscitate document if it exists. Without one, paramedics will likely start emergency procedures and, except where permitted to pronounce death, may take the person to an emergency room for a doctor to make the declaration.
- When the person dies at home under hospice care, call the hospice nurse, who can declare the death. The nurse will be able to help facilitate the transport of the body. If you are desiring burial at Countryside Memorial Park, after death is declared, you can call Susan at 210-992-2143 and she will connect you with a mortuary transport service that will take the body to a mortuary refrigeration facility if needed. If you are planning a Home Funeral and will be keeping the body at home, Susan can also advise you on what to do next, including how to obtain the proper reports and Death Certificate required by law.
Contact Susan Everidge (210) 992-2143 when the death has occurred. She will gently guide you through the process of “what to do”.