Before cremations as part of cremation services offered in Cleveland, OH, there are several things that you and your family will need to do as soon as possible after your loved one dies.
The first thing that you will need to do after your loved one dies is to obtain a legal pronouncement of death. If your loved one died in a hospital, the medical staff pronounce them die and note the time when they died. However, if your loved one died at home and was not under hospice care, then you should call emergency services. Your loved one will be transported to the hospital where they will be legally pronounced dead.
If your loved one was in hospice care at home, then the hospice care agency should be called. A medical professional from the hospice agency will come to your home and they will pronounce your loved one’s death. They will also prepare your loved one’s body for transportation to the funeral home and will notify the funeral home when your loved one is ready to be taken to the funeral home.
If your loved one is an organ donor and is admitted to the hospital during the final days of their illness or is in the process of dying when they are admitted to the hospital, make sure that the hospital knows they are an organ donor. Organ transplants can take up to 48 hours to arrange, so hospital personnel needs to be able to take appropriate action the maintain organ viability while those transplants are being set up.
If your loved one is an organ donor and died at home, but was not under hospice care, contact the closest hospital to let them know and be sure to let first responders also know. If your loved one was in hospice care at home and is an organ donor, make sure to remind the hospice agency when you contact them.
Next, you’ll need to contact immediate family and close friends to let them know your loved one has died. The most personal way to do this is with phone calls, although some families are okay with texts or emails. Assign each family member there a group of people to notify, so that you’re not doing all the notifications by yourself. Do not announce the death on social media until everyone who needs to know about death has been personally contacted.
The next thing that will be done is arrangements made with the funeral home for transporting your loved one’s body. The hospital will make these arrangements if your loved one died in the hospital or was pronounced dead at the hospital. If your loved one was in-home hospice care, the responding hospice medical professional will make these arrangements.
After these things have been done, you will need to make sure pets and dependents, if applicable, are cared for. Usually, family members will ensure sure that all dependents and pets have a place to stay temporarily until long-term plans can be formulated.
If your loved one lived by themselves, be sure that all of their property is secured. If you are able, have a family member or close friend stay at their home until a time when decisions can be made about what to do with the property (keep it or sell it).
If your loved one who has died was still working, you will need to let their employer’s Human Resources department know that they have died. Be sure to remember to ask about any pay your loved one is still owed, any benefits that they are entitled to, and whether they had a life insurance policy through their employer.