Several things need to be considered when making final arrangements. The order of doing what needs to be taken care of will depend on where the death occurred - at a residence, a public place, a care center, in a hospital or out of state.

Today many people are choosing to be at home with Hospice or a Home Health Care provider assisting the family until the death occurs. The family will notify their Hospice caregiver and Hospice will notify the proper people in the correct order. Hospice will contact the physician, the Medical Examiner's office, and the funeral home.

The Medical Examiner's office must always be notified of all deaths that occur in a home. With Hospice or a Home Health Care Provider involved, a simple phone call is the only notification that the Medical Examiner needs. The Medical Examiner will usually not need to come to the residence to review any information.

If the deceased is not under Hospice or a Home Health person's Care, but is under a physician's care, and family or friends are present, the family may want to call the funeral home directly. If you call 911 and an ambulance responds, the ambulance crew will notify the police who will then need to come to the residence. The police will proceed with their normal investigation and will release the deceased before anyone can call the funeral home. However, if the family calls the funeral home first, the funeral home will notify the proper authorities and usually no police agency will need to come to the residence.

1. If the death occurs in a residence and no one is there at the time of death, the police will need to be notified and respond to the residence before allowing the deceased into the care of the funeral home.

2.  If the death occurs in a hospital or care center, be certain they have the name of the funeral home, and the institution will notify the funeral home at the time of the death. The funeral home will respond and at the soonest practical time, review funeral arrangements with the family

3. If in any case the death should occur and you are not sure of who to notify or what to do, please call your funeral home and they will assist you in notifying the proper agencies.

There are several other questions that you may have in regards to the death of your loved one, such as...

“Do I need to purchase a casket?”

"What kind of memorial service should we plan?"

“What about cemetery arrangements?”

“Can we make this more personal?"

“Do we want cremation, visitation?”

By contacting Busch, we will be able to help answer all of your questions and we can make it easier to understand the best plans for you and your family.

One of the best ways to make sure that all of your questions and desires are taken care of is to make funeral arrangements in advance. This is as simple as outlining your wishes to having all of the details written down and the financial arrangements prepaid.

Please contact us to get your funeral arrangements started in advance of need.