When A Death Occurs, What Do I Do?


Who To Call

Depending on where the death occurs, and under what circumstances, this explains what you should do:

Death at an Institution

When the death occurs at a hospital or nursing home, the medical staff should take care of all necessary legal steps. You just need to notify the medical staff that Naples Funeral Home is the funeral home handling arrangements so they can have you sign any necessary release paperwork.

Anticipated Death at Home

Today, more people with terminal illnesses are electing to spend their last days in their home under the care of hospice. In this situation, you just need to notify Hospice that Naples Funeral Home is the funeral home of your choice; they will then take care of all necessary legal requirements. Many times when someone has a terminal illness, the family will elect to make pre-arrangements with us so that they are not overwhelmed with the many important decisions at the time of death.

Unanticipated Death at Home or Elsewhere

In these situations, immediately call 911. The police and emergency medical personnel will then determine the appropriate steps to be taken. Often, the police can release your loved one directly to our funeral home. However, in certain cases, your loved one may need to go to the Medical Examiner's office so that they can determine the cause of death.

Out-of-State Deaths

If the death occurs outside of Florida, you should call Naples Funeral Home at (239) 775-4255. We may be able to coordinate with a local funeral director at the place of death. Being a member of several national associations, we can often save you money by having our firm make the arrangements.

Widening the Circle

Our staff members at Naples Funeral Home are experienced professionals who can provide much of the information you need, emotional support, and compassionate guidance.

While you may ask the director any questions at this time, you will be able to discuss the arrangements in detail later when you meet in person. During this initial call, the funeral director will gather information to be able to transport your loved one to the funeral home.

The funeral director may ask you several questions, including whether your loved one made any pre-arrangements. The director will also schedule a date and time for you to meet at the funeral home and will let you know what you should bring with you.
Others you will need to call are:
  • Family members and friends
  • Clergy or other spiritual advisors
Our funeral directors will assist you in planning a loving tribute that captures the spirit of the person whose life you wish to honor. To learn more about personalizing the service, speak with your funeral director.
The following checklist will help you remember what information about the decedent and items will be needed when meeting with a funeral director.
  • Full legal name
  • Home address
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Father's name
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Veteran's discharge papers (DD-214)
  • Recent Photograph
  • Highest education
  • Occupation
  • Place of burial (if applicable)
  • Clothing
  • Clergy name and phone number
  • Survivors (name and relationship)
  • Insurance policies (if applicable)
A staff member of Naples Funeral Home will be honored to explain all of the options available to you.