What to Do When Someone Dies

When a Death Occurs

What we are to do when a loved one passes is dependent upon the situation at which they pass. The information Simply Cremations provides below explains what you should do when the death occurs at home, in an institution, under hospice, or in an unexpected death.

Death in an Institution

When a death occurs at a hospital or nursing home, the medical staff should take care of all necessary legal steps. You need to notify the medical staff that Simply Cremations is the funeral home handling arrangements so they can have you sign any necessary release paperwork.

Anticipated Death at Home

Today, more people with terminal illnesses are electing to spend their last moments at home under the care of hospice. In this situation, you need to notify Hospice that Simply Cremations is the funeral home of your choice. They will then take care of all necessary legal requirements. Many times when someone has a terminal illness, the family will elect to make pre-arrangements with us so that they are not overwhelmed with the many important decisions at the time of death.

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 deceased 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 Michigan, you should call Simply Cremations. We can coordinate with a local funeral director at the place of death and can often save families money by having our firm make the arrangements.

In any event, we will arrange for transportation for the deceased and make contact with your family, either immediately or within 24 hours, depending on your availability and the circumstances. Please feel free to call us at any time during this process. Our professional staff is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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 we make mutual contact. When we call you (or you us), we will discuss what your thoughts and plans may be. We will set up an appointment time, when we can get together at your convenience, at our facility. We will let you know the information we will need from you depending on your circumstances.

This “arrangement conference” is the time we spend together discussing what you want us to do. We will also be getting necessary information, forms, and signatures from you at this time. We will offer guidance, support and as many options as you need. Please keep in mind that we want what you want. This process can take up to two hours or so. We go as fast or slow as you wish. Our overall goal is to succeed in making a difficult time just a little less difficult for your family.

Important Documentation

  • Social Security Number of the deceased
  • Prearranged Funeral or Cemetery Contracts
  • Military Discharge Papers (Form DD214)
  • Any insurance documents you may need assistance with


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4500 Kalamazoo Ave SE
Kentwood, MI 49508, USA

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Tel: 616-455-6838
Fax: 616-455-2479

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