If your loved one passes away while in the care of a facility such as a nursing home or a hospital, the staff from the facility should have previously discussed with family members who to call in the event of your loved ones death. If so, they will then notify the funeral home when you are ready for them to. In the event that you are absent at the time of death, they should call you first, and then notify the appropriate authorities themselves. In Saline County, if your loved one passes away at the nursing home or in the emergency room, they are supposed to notify the coroner's office. The coroner's office will investigate any questionable circumstances. If there are no questionable circumstances (most deaths) then the coroner's office will release the facility to notify the funeral home. This process usually is concluded within an hour.
In larger cities, this process will take longer. If your loved one passes away in a larger city, please call us directly as the notification from the hospital could take as long as 24 hours. If you have not spoken to the staff about who you would like notified, be sure the nurses at the nurses station are aware of your wishes, and they will make the necessary contacts (office of decadent affairs, morgue, ect. or the funeral home).
Something else to consider with hospital deaths is that they are required by the state to request tissue donation. Stricklin Funeral Home does not have a recommendation to families. This is a deeply personal decision. However, if your loved one is a candidate for donation and you wish to decline, inform the nurses station of that decision. Organ and tissue banks can delay the release of your loved one up to 24 hours. Something commonly misunderstood when it comes to donation is that when your loved one has died, you can donate their organs. This is entirely false. For organ donation to take place your loved one must only be brain dead. In most cases, if the heart has stopped beating, organ donation is no longer an option. What is still an option is tissue donation. This consists of eyes for corneas, heart for valves, long bone, and skin are the most common. For more information on tissue donation click here.
If the death occurs at home while under hospice care, you will contact the hospice provider first. They will come to your home and assist you further. If not under hospice care and your loved one has been seen by a doctor in the last 72 hours, you may call the funeral home, and we can assist you from there. If your loved one has not been seen by a doctor recently, the coroner's office will need to be notified. They will come to your location promptly to assure things are handled properly. You may call County Dispatch at (618) 252-8661 for Saline County or you may call us, and we can contact the coroner's office for you.
In the event that no one was present at the time of death, you will need to contact the police at (618) 252-8661 before moving the deceased to another location.
You may call us at any time and in any situation to assist you with contacting the appropriate agency.