Counselors can be an invaluable resource to families during this difficult time. Their role is to serve as a guide/facilitator and to provide the family with all of the information required to make intelligent and appropriate decisions. We will do our very best to inform you and make you feel comfortable during this difficult process.
Because many people are unfamiliar with the necessary steps associated following a death; we at Lamont Mortuary provide this list to you for your information. The steps that need to be taken following a death depend on where the death occurs as well as the circumstances of the death:
- Death in a Hospital or Nursing Home
When the death occurs at a hospital or nursing home, the medical staff will normally take care of any legal steps. You would then notify the medical staff that Lamont Mortuary will be handling arrangements. Generally, you will be asked to complete a release form authorizing the medical facility to transfer the remains to the mortuary. It is also a good idea to notify the mortuary yourself.
- Death at Home
If death occurs at home and the patient was under the care of a hospice program, you need to notify Hospice that Lamont Mortuary is the mortuary of your choice. Normally, the hospice nurse will handle any legal requirements. Funeral plans are commonly arranged in advance when someone is faced with a terminal illness; the family is not as overwhelmed with the many important decisions immediately following the death.
- Unanticipated Death at Home or Elsewhere
Any time a death is sudden and unexpected, call 911 immediately. The police and emergency medical personnel will take care of any legal requirements. The medical examiner or coroner may authorize the police to release the remains directly to our mortuary. However, in some circumstances, the body may need to go to the medical examiner's or coroner's office so that the cause of death can be determined.
- Death Out of Town
If the death occurs out of town, you should call Lamont Mortuary at our toll-free number, 888-883-5491. We can make arrangements with a local funeral director where the death occurred. Because we are a member of several national associations, we can often save families time and money while eliminating any confusion by having our funeral home make the arrangements out of town.
Should you have any further questions on these steps or any other part of our services, please contact us directly at (928) 425-5491 or (888) 883-5491. Feel free to also email us at email@example.com.