Who You Should Call First
It really depends on how and where the death occurred. Where a death has been anticipated, call your attending physician.
If the death is unexpected, call emergency services first. If there are no emergency services or doctors available in your area, or you are concerned or uncertain about the circumstances surrounding a death, contact your local coroner’s office or the Office of the Chief Coroner.
The other first calls you should make include:
The funeral home
Immediate family members
Your close friends
These calls are being made for two distinct reasons:
To notify the authorities and obtain assistance in dealing with the body
To notify the social circle, and gather family and friends together for support
Naturally the first of those reasons takes priority because it is your responsibility to care for your loved one. Placing their body in the care of professionals can be a relief and will give you the space to make those calls involved in the second category of outreach: the purely social notifications that will surround you with support.
The death of a loved one can make us feel numb and ineffective. If this is the case for you and you'd like additional advice about who to call and when, contact us. We’ll be pleased to be your ally during this difficult time.