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what to do

Many people are unsure what steps to take when a death occurs. It is important that you understand what can be done. We, at Ahern Funeral Home, want to make sure that you have the necessary information required to make these important decisions about funeral arrangements. The necessary steps usually depend on the location and circumstances.

Unanticipated death at home or elsewhere

In these situations you should contact 911. Police and emergency medical personnel will then determine the appropriate steps to take. Generally, the authorities can release the remains directly to the Ahern Funeral Home, so that preparations may begin. In some situations where the cause of death may not yet be known, the remains may need to be taken to the medical examiner’s office.

If death occurs in an institution

Should the death occur at a hospital or care home (nursing/convalescent), the medical staff should handle all necessary legal steps. You simply need to inform the staff that the Ahern Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Anticipated death at home

Often, when someone is faced with a terminal illness, the family will decide to make arrangements in advance – saving them the time and emotional decisions needed at the time of death. Many people with terminal illness are more comfortable at home under the care of hospice in the final stages of their illness. In this situation, you should inform hospice that you have chosen Ahern Funeral Home. Hospice will then supervise the necessary legal requirements.

Death out-of-state

If death occurs out of state, you should call the Ahern Funeral Home at (860) 673-2601 or (860) 522-1155. We can then coordinate the transfer with a local funeral director at the place of death.

If you would like further information, please feel free to call us at (860) 673-2601 or (860) 522-1155, or simply email us at ahernfh@aol.com. We are here to assist your needs and answer any questions you might have.

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