Steps to Take at Time of Death
Depending on where the death occurs and under what circumstances, this
explains what you should do when the death occurs:
Death in an Institution: When the death occurs at a hospital or
nursing home the medical staff should take care of notifying the funeral
home. You simply need to advise the medical staff that Johnson-Danielson
is the funeral home assisting with arrangements and they will have
you sign any necessary release papers.
Anticipated Death at Home or Elsewhere: If
death would occur with an individual who is currently under the care of a
physician for a chronic illness or in a Hospice program, you would be
advised to first consult your funeral director or Hospice. In certain
cases, the body may need to be examined by the coroner at the location of
death, in order to determine the cause.
Unanticipated Death at Home or Elsewhere: In these situations,
immediately call 911. The police and emergency medical personnel will then
determine the appropriate steps to be taken. Often, the police can release
the human remains directly to our funeral home. However, in certain cases,
the body may need to go to the Medical Examiner's office so that they can
determine the cause of death.
Death out of state: If the death occurs outside of Indiana or the
immediate area, you should call Johnson-Danielson prior to calling a
funeral home at that location. We can coordinate with a local funeral
director at the place of death. Being a member of several
national associations, Johnson-Danielson can often save families money by
having our firm make the arrangements. If you travel often, it would
be wise to let us tell you about our Travel Protection Plan, which would
cover most costs associated with a death away from home.
Funeral Arrangement Conference
To assure that one of our funeral directors is immediately available and can
devote the personal attention and time needed to make the arrangements, we would
request that you call to schedule a mutually convenient arrangement time.
Although the majority of funeral conferences take place at our funeral home
during normal business hours, we are available to come to your residence or meet
in the evenings or weekends. One of our directors is always on duty 24
hours a day, every day of the year.
When you come to the conference, you may want to bring with you, if they
apply; the following items:
Recent photograph for newspaper or preparation purposes.
Clothing - all normal items including undergarments, other than shoes.
For women, an outfit closed at the neckline, long sleeves and her personal
cosmetics are preferred. Do not feel formal clothing such
as a suit and tie or dress is required. Any usual or comfortable items
of clothing are acceptable.
Glasses or Dentures
Jewelry & personal items - these items can either be brought to the
arrangement conference, or on the day of the visitation. Please advise
us as to what items, if any, should be removed prior to burial or cremation.
Military Discharge Papers (Form DD214)
Life Insurance Policie
At the funeral arrangement conference, if you have not already made
prearrangements with Johnson - Danielson, your funeral director will need to
obtain some vital information for completing the death certificate. (An online
prearrangement form is available within our website.) Certified copies of
the death certificate are legal documents and are issued by the Indiana State
Board of Health. Photocopies are not considered legal documents.
After the original certificate has been signed by the physician or coroner and
all vital information completed by our funeral home, it is filed with the Health
Department in the county of death. Fees for certified copies vary from
county to county within the State.
During the funeral arrangement conference, we will ask you how many certified
copies of the death certificate are needed. As part of our services, we
will obtain certified copies on your behalf. Although we try to obtain the
certified copies prior to the completion of the funeral service, this is not
always possible. In order to assist you in determining the number of
certified copies needed, below is a worksheet:
||Each Life Insurance Company
||Each Motor Vehicle
||Probate of Will
||IRA's or other retirement benefits
||Final Tax Return
Stocks and Bonds
Please note that we will notify Social Security of the death so generally no
death certificate is needed for that purpose.
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