What To Do When Death Occurs...

Losing a loved one can be one of the most traumatic events in one's life and therefore it is important to understand what to do when death occurs.

When death occurs it is likely it will occur at one of the four following places:


Should death occur at a hospital you may be asked to call us or the hospital may offer to call us. In any case we will go to the hospital after all clearances have been given by hospital officials to bring the deceased back to our funeral home no matter the hour.


Nursing Home

When death occurs at a nursing home, personal care facility, or acute care center their staff will notify family and will also typically notify the funeral home as to when we can go to the facility and transport your loved one back to our funeral home.



When death occurs at a residence and the deceased individual is under hospice and/or doctor's care they will often make the call to our funeral home on your behalf. If no hospice member is present the family may need to call and notify the funeral home.

Should an individual die suddenly at or around home it is best to call us immediately and we can help you determine if we need to notify the county coroner. Typically, the coroner will investigate all deaths that were unexpected or where the person was not under a doctor's care. It will be at the discretion of the coroner if an autopsy would be ordered.


Non-Facility or Residence Death

If death occurs away from home or a nursing facility it is important to call the local police who would investigate the death along with the county coroner. The police and coroner would then inform us at the funeral home as to where and when we would be able to bring the deceased back to the funeral home.


Should you ever have any question as to how a death should be handled, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory by calling us at (814)-864-4864 or (814)-825-2500.