What To Do When Death Occurs

Through difficult moments and the days after loss, we’re here to help.

Your mind is spinning in a million different directions right now. That’s why we want to make it easy for you by answering your questions, making the process as simple and straightforward as possible, and educating you on what needs to be done in these situations.

Remember, you are never alone. You can always reach out with questions at any time.

1. Notify the right people

Is the deceased at home or work, or are they under supervised care?

At home or work NOT under the care of hospice:

  • Call emergency personnel Dial 911
  • Call the funeral home 

Under supervised care (Hospice):

  • Call the hospice nurse 
  • Call the funeral home

Our staff will notify the rest of the necessary personnel  on your behalf.

Please remember, you can always call us at Posey Funeral Directors if you are unsure.

2. Widen the circle

  • Begin discussing arrangements with the funeral home
  • Notify other family members
  • We will assist with notifying clergy and other necessary individuals

3. Answer any key questions about arrangements

Was there a pre-plan in place? If so, your loved one has taken care of all the details and just wishes for you to celebrate their life. If the death is more sudden or a plan is not in place, don’t worry, there are just a few key steps for you to take care of:

  • Determine after-life choices
    • Preparation of the deceased?
    • Service choices?
    • Do you need to make cemetery arrangements? We can help.
  • Choose the type of service
    • Do you need a minister or other clergy member?
    • What type of service do you want to have?

Please remember you don’t need to know all the answers - that’s why we’re here, to walk you through anything at all, at any time.

4. Talk to the cemetery

We will walk you through any choices that need to be made and will let you know what you need to bring with you. We will even assist in scheduling an appointment at the cemetery.

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