What to do first depends on the circumstances of the death. When someone dies in a hospital or similar care facility, the staff will usually take care of some arrangements, such as contacting the physician or medical examiner and the funeral home you choose. You will need to notify family, friends and clergy. It may be easier on you to make a few phone calls to other relatives or friends and ask each of them to make a phone call or two to specific people or to direct people to the funeral home’s website for service timing and places, so the burden of spreading the news isn't all on you. If you are alone you may want to ask someone to keep you company.
If a person dies at home, if they are under hospice care, first notify the hospice organization who was providing care. If they were not under hospice care, first call 911 or the emergency phone number in your area. The paramedic or police professionals will be able to help you with the next steps.
If your loved one was working, you'll need to call his or her employer immediately. Ask about the deceased's benefits and any pay due, including vacation or sick time, disability income, etc. Ask if you or other dependents are still eligible for benefit coverage through the company. Ask whether there is a life insurance policy through the employer, who the beneficiary is and how to file a claim.
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