Family Emergency

Nothing adequately prepares us for the initial shock of losing a loved one. Feelings of panic and helplessness may be overwhelming, but it's important to know you are not alone. It is important to reach out to close relatives, friends, and professionals for the help, support, and comfort you need. Notifying family and friends is always an important consideration in the initial tasks to be completed. Call immediate family members first, parents, children, brothers, sisters and grandparents of the deceased. Again, do not worry about waking others. Grief researchers say those close to the deceased feel left out if they aren't told about a death immediately. Rely on others to assist you in notifying everyone: do not attempt to do this yourself. It not only helps others through the grieving process to have some responsibility, but also allows you to carry on with other tasks. Although it may be difficult, telling others of a death it is therapeutic. Saying aloud that a loved one has died, the death is confirmed in your mind - an important step in the grief process.

So much is to be done in what seems like so little time. The emotional impact of death understandably makes it difficult to focus on the details that go into organizing a funeral. Also by clicking on the resource centre on the home page, you open a wealth of information and guidance to assist you through all of your needs.

1. When death occurs at home, what should we do?
 
2. If we are on vacation, and a death occurs what should we do?
 
3. A death of a loved one has died at the hospital, where do we turn?
 
4. A loved one has died in the nursing home, what should we do first?
 

Question #1When death occurs at home, what should we do?
Answer:If the death has been expected, the hospice nurse caring for the deceased will be able to pronounce the death and this is the person you should first contact. They will contact the coroner and the funeral home of your choice to remove the body.  

If the death is unexpected call 911. They will  dispatch an officer and contact the coroner who will then decide the level of investigation necessary to determine the cause of death. They will arrange to have the body transferred to the either the medical examiner for an autopsy or to the funeral home of your choice.

Question #2If we are on vacation, and a death occurs what should we do?
Answer:If a death was to occur away from the home, i.e. during a vacation or a business trip, then Picayune Funeral Home suggests that you do a few things first.
Call Picayune Funeral Home. we will take care of making the necessary contact with a reputable firm in the area that the death occurred.

This action will avoid any possibility of becoming involved with a funeral home outside of your residential area that may care little about matters because they feel they will not ever deal with the family again. When calling Picayune Funeral Home, we can act as your agent, monitoring and avoiding any possibility of excessive, unnecessary or double-billing possibilities.

Contact your local police department and they will dispatch an officer to your location immediately so you will not be alone.

If the death was sudden and unexplained, your local police authorities will make the necessary call to the local coroner to attend to the place of death. A county medical examiner or coroner may be called.

If you have not called your funeral director, you will have to consider doing so as the body will have to be removed by them or an authorized agent. Regrettably, there have been circumstances where police and or coroners have called a funeral home of their choice. While we will not speculate on the motives, often families find themselves being pressured by a funeral home that was called to the scene.  

Question #3A death of a loved one has died at the hospital, where do we turn?
Answer:Whether or not you are present when the death occurs, a health care professional will contact you and ask a few questions.

One of the main questions is which funeral home will you be releasing the body to, for transfer from the hospital?


Question #4A loved one has died in the nursing home, what should we do first?
Answer:The nursing home will contact you when the death occurs.  They will also contact the coroner and he will do an investigation before releasing the body to a funeral home.   Most nursing homes have on record what funeral home you have chosen, but at the time of death make sure you tell them what funeral home you chose to insure they call the correct funeral home.  If you do not remind them of the funeral home you chose, they will have the funeral home on record make the removal.  Sometimes the funeral home on record is incorrect and if you don't tell them again what funeral home you want to use, you will be responsible for the other funeral home's removal fee.


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