of a loved one can be overwhelming and many people do not know what steps to
take when a death occurs. The necessary steps usually depend on the location
and circumstances. It is important that you understand what can be done, and we
want to make sure that you have the necessary information required to make
these important decisions. If you have additional questions; please know that
our personal and professional staff is available to serve you at all times. We
encourage you to contact us should you desire more information.
Unanticipated death at home or elsewhere
situations, you should immediately contact 911; police and emergency medical
personnel will then determine the appropriate steps to take. Generally, the
authorities can release your loved one directly to our home. In some
situations, however, your loved one may need to be taken to the Coroner's
office; this occurs when the cause of death may not yet be known.
If death occurs in an institution
death occur at a hospital or care home (nursing/convalescent), the medical
staff should handle all necessary legal steps. You simply need to inform the
staff that Davenport Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements; the
institution may require you to sign a release form. If the death occurs at a
hospital you will need to contact us.
Anticipated death at home
people with terminal illnesses are more comfortable at home under the care of
Hospice in the final stages of their illness. In this situation, you should
inform Hospice that Davenport Family Funeral home is the funeral home of your
choice. Often, when someone is faced with a terminal illness, the family will
decide to make arrangements in advance, saving them the time and emotional
decisions needed at the time of death.
the death occurs out of state, you should call Davenport Family Funeral Home.
We will then coordinate the transfer with a local funeral director at the place