What To Do
Many people are unsure what steps to take when a death occurs, and at
Wayne Russell Funeral Service, we are committed to ensuring that the families we
serve are well-informed of their options.
The necessary steps usually depend on the location and circumstances.
It is important that you understand what can be done, and we want to make sure
that you have the necessary information required to make these important
Unanticipated death at home or elsewhere
In these situations, you should immediately contact 911; police and
emergency medical personnel will then determine the appropriate steps to take.
Generally, the authorities can release the remains directly to Wayne Russell
Funeral Service, so that preparations may begin. In some situations, however,
the remains may need to be taken to the Medical Examiner’s office; this occurs
when the cause of death may not yet be known.
If death occurs in an Institution - Should the death occur at a
hospital or care home (nursing/convalescent), the medical staff should handle
all necessary legal steps. You simply need to inform the staff that Wayne
Russell FS is handling arrangements; you will generally have to complete any
legal release paperwork.
Anticipated death at home - Today, more people with terminal illnesses
are more comfortable at home under the care of Hospice in the final stages of
their illness. In this situation, you should inform Hospice that Wayne Russell
FS is the funeral home of your choice. Hospice will then supervise the
necessary legal requirements. Often, when someone is faced with a terminal
illness, the family will decide to make arrangements in advance - saving them
the time and emotional decisions needed at the time of death.
Death out-of-state - If the death occurs out of state, you should call
us at our Charlotte location. Wayne Russell FS can then coordinate the transfer
with a local funeral director at the place of death. We can often save families
money by making all necessary arrangements.
This is a basic explanation of your options in certain circumstances.
If you would like further information, please feel free to contact us via email
at firstname.lastname@example.org We are here to help and to serve you, and we will be
happy to answer any questions that you might have.