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Steps To Take At Time of Death

Depending on where the death occurs, you should take the following steps:

  • Death in an Institution: When the death occurs at a hospital or nursing home, the medical staff should take care of all necessary legal steps. You just need to inform the medical staff that JP Holley Funeral Home is the funeral home handling arrangements and they will have you sign the necessary release paperwork.
  • Anticipated Death at Home: Today, more people with terminal illnesses are electing to die at home under the care of hospice. In this situation, you simply need to inform the hospice that J. P. Holley Funeral Home is the funeral home of your choice. They will then take care of all necessary legal requirements. Often times when someone has a terminal illness, the family will elect to make prearrangements with us so as not to overwhelmed them with the many important decisions to be made 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 human remains 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 a death occurs outside of your home area, you should first call J.P. Holley Funeral Home at (803) 695-1666. We will coordinate with a local funeral director at the place of death. We are a member of several national associations and can often save families money by having our firm make the arrangements.