What To Do
Many people are unsure what steps to take when a death occurs. 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 decisions.
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 Parker Memorial Funeral Homes, 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 the Parker Memorial Funeral Homes are handling arrangements.
Anticipated death at home
Today, more people with terminal illness 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 Parker Memorial Funeral Homes are the funeral homes 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.
If death occurs out of state, you should call Parker Memorial Funeral Homes at (662) 983-7365 [Bruce] or (662) 682-7582 [Vardaman]. We can then coordinate the transfer with a local funeral director at the place of death.