Depending on where the death occurs, there are many things to consider. Here’s what you should do.
- Hospital or Care Facility: Upon admittance, you will need to notify the medical staff that Hansen Mortuaries (602-944-1561) will be handling arrangements.
- Anticipated Death at Home: Today, more people with terminal illnesses are choosing to die at home under the care of hospice. If this is your choice, you should notify hospice that Hansen Mortuaries will be handling your arrangements. Often when someone has a terminal illness, the family will decide to pre-arrange the funeral 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 your loved one directly to our funeral home. However, in certain cases, their body may need to go to the Medical Examiner office so they can determine the cause of death.
- Death out of state: If the death occurs outside of Arizona, you should call Hansen Mortuaries on our toll-free telephone number 1- 800-447-3450. We can coordinate arrangements with a local funeral director at the place of death. Being a member of several national associations, Hansen Mortuaries has a list of reputable funeral homes throughout the country.
We also provide a simple and convenient “What To Do Checklist” to assist with your planning and preparation.