When Death Occurs

Death is inevitable, but dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. It is natural to feel confused and stressed during this highly emotional time. Despite the wave of emotions we experience, grieving is a time to help us heal and cope with the loss. Although grieving can be painful it is often necessary and allows us to move forward with life. There are a number of tasks to attend to when death occurs, such as closing bank accounts, contacting relatives, planning a proper funeral, and more. Grieving or shock is normal when experiencing death which can make decision-making a challenge, but the caring staff at Diehl-Whittaker is here to help your family through this difficult process.

Know Who to Contact at Time of Death

It is important to know who to contact if a death occurs in your home. Immediately call an emergency service line, such as 911, to notify the death to a police officer. If the death was unexpected, a medical examiner may be required to be on scene. If your loved one was in hospice you must call the hospice agency to report the death, where a hospice nurse will then come directly to the home to pronounce the death.

Call Our Funeral Directors Line to Start Planning Funeral Arrangements

If funeral arrangements have been made ahead of time, the caregiver must contact the funeral home to confirm arrangements. If the deceased did not pre-plan their funeral, call our funeral directors line to organize a pickup for the deceased’s body. Following with the pickup, the Diehl-Whittaker staff will work with your needs to plan a funeral service. We offer a range of burial packages and cremation services, allowing your family to make the best decision for a funeral service.



Contact the Attorney of Estate

Following planning the funeral, you must then contact the decedent's attorney of estate to determine life assets. Locate estate documents, such as a will or trust, to review and give to an estate lawyer. Dealing with a loved one's affairs after death comes with a long checklist of legal paperwork.

Contact Social Security Administration

Contact the Social Security Administration following the passing of a loved one to notify the death and cancel monthly payments. Make sure survivors are not entitled to further benefits. You can contact the Social Security Administration by calling 1-800-772-1213. This is the time to contact life insurance policies, bank accounts, retirement accounts, and discuss real-estate ownership.

Take Care of Yourself

Experiencing a death comes with a range of emotions. It’s important to take care of yourself during this time of grieving and allowing time to process and heal. At Diehl-Whittaker Funeral, we understand the challenges that come with this confusing time. Our staff is here to offer comfort and support when planning funeral arrangements, ensuring the day is full of remembrance and compassion.


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