The loss 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
In these 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
Should the 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
Today, 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.
If 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 of death.