What To Do When A Death Occurs


When a death occurs, it can be difficult to know what to do. There are different guidelines depending on the circumstances of the death. Below we have listed the basic steps you will need to take when and where the death occurs. 

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Death In An Institution

When the death occurs at a hospital or nursing home, notify the medical staff that Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory is handling the arrangements. Have a family member call Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory at (641) 787-9911,  and a licensed funeral director will assist you.

Anticipated Death At Home

Today, more people with terminal illnesses are dying at home under the care of hospice or private nurses. In this situation, notify hospice or the nursing staff that Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory is the funeral home of your choice. Have a family member call Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory at (641) 787-9911, and a licensed funeral director will assist you.

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 and medical examiner can authorize a release 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. Have a family member call Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory at (641) 787-9911,  and a licensed funeral director will assist you.

Death Out Of State

You should call Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory at (641) 787-9911. We can coordinate with a local funeral director at the place of death. No matter where the death takes place or where burial is desired, Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory will assist you. If you are ever confronted with this seemingly perplexing problem of what to do when a death occurs, let Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory have the opportunity to serve you by giving us a call to explain the facts and express your desires.

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