What should you do if a death occurs?
If a death occurs unexpectedly:
Do not assume the person is dead. Contact 911 or your local emergency rescue service, whether it be a fire department or an exchange ambulance.
If an expected death occurs at home and the deceased is a hospice patient:
Contact the hospice agency first. Once the hospice has been notified, contact our funeral home and advise us that you have informed hospice and you would like Overton Funeral Home to handle the arrangements. A funeral director is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Once the hospice nurse has made a pronouncement of death, your funeral director may be contacted to come to the home. When the surviving family members have had the opportunity to say their good-byes, the funeral director will bring the deceased to the funeral home. The funeral director will arrange a time for you to complete the arrangements.
If an expected death occurs in a hospital or nursing home:
The survivors will be notified, and in most cases the survivors will have the opportunity to spend time with the deceased one last time. In this case time is not critical, but you may notify the funeral director of the death and request the removal of the deceased happen as soon as possible. When the funeral director is notified, you will be asked for the name, address and phone number of the next of kin as well as the location of the deceased. You may also be asked some other related questions such as the following:
• Do you plan to have a viewing?
• Do you give permission for embalming if there is to be an open casket?
• Have you thought about burial or cremation?
While burial has long been considered the traditional form of final disposition, cremation has now become a popular and, to many families, a preferred way, to handle the disposition of a loved one. Many families opt to have a traditional open casket visitation followed by a religious service, but instead of proceeding to a cemetery, their loved one will be brought to the crematory. Some families choose to simply have what is known as a direct, or immediate, cremation. There is still the opportunity to say goodbye to your loved one prior to the cremation if you choose this option. Please ask one of our funeral directors for more information on planning for a cremation ceremony, a burial, or even for a memorial service after the disposition has taken place. We will answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns.