When A Death Occurs, What Do I Do?
When a death occurs, your emotions may have a tendency to take over. We are here to help. Remain as calm as possible and follow these helpful guidelines:
When Death Occurs In A Facility
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.
When Death Occurs At-Home Under Hospice Care
People with terminal illnesses often choose to spend their last days in their home under the care of hospice. When a death occurs in this situation, you just need to notify Hospice that Naples Funeral Home is your funeral home of choice; they will then take care of all necessary legal requirements.
Unanticipated Death at Home or Elsewhere
When death occurs unexpectedly, either at home or elsewhere, the first thing to do is 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. We will help you complete the necessary forms so that we can bring your loved one into our care.
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.
What Happens Next?
When our team is notified that a death has occurred, we will dispatch our staff to bring your loved one into our care. Your funeral director will contact you to set up an appointment for finalizing arrangements and let you know what items you need to bring to the appointment. During the arrangement conference, we will collect vital statistic information for your loved one’s death certificate, explain your options, answer your questions, and finalize payment arrangements.
Who to notify:
- Family members and friends
- Clergy or other spiritual advisors
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
- Place of burial (if applicable)
- 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.