Depending on where the death occurs and under what circumstances, this explains what you should do.
Death in an Institution: When the death occurs at a hospital or nursing home, the medical staff should take care of notifying us. You simply need to advise the medical staff to contact Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home to assist with arrangements, and they will have you sign any necessary release papers.
Anticipated Death at Home or Elsewhere: If the death occurs with an individual who is currently under the care of a physician or in a Hospice program, you would be advised to first call Hospice.
Unanticipated Death at Home or Elsewhere: In these situations, immediately call 911. The police and emergency medical personnel will then determine the appropriate steps to be taken. In certain cases, the body may need to go to the Florida Medical Examiner’s office so that they can determine the cause of death. The medical examiner releases the body to our funeral home when their part is complete.
Death Out of State: If the death occurs outside the state of Florida or the immediate area, you should contact us. We can coordinate with local funeral directors in the place of death and make arrangements on the family’s behalf to transport your loved one here for services. Through our relationships with other funeral homes and memberships in various associations, Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home can often save families money by making the arrangements.
Funeral Arrangement Conference
The next step is to contact Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home to set up an arrangement conference. This would be when the family comes to the funeral home and sits down with one of our directors to plan the services. During this time, we will listen and discuss details about different options available. We will also gather information for death certificates and obituary notices.
When you come to the funeral home the first time, you may want to bring with you, if they apply, the following items:
Recent photographs for obituary and preparation purposes.
- Clothing for the individual – When getting clothes together, remember, we do use underclothes, whatever they would normally wear (shoes are optional).
- Glasses or dentures
- Jewelry and personal items – These items can either be brought to the arrangement conference, or on the day of the visitation. Please let us know if any jewelry or items should be removed prior to burial or cremation.
- Military discharge papers (Form DD214)
- Life insurance policies
- Cemetery papers
- Birth certificate
At Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, we strive to make the arrangement conference and all the other services go as smoothly as possible. If arrangements need to be made to accommodate a special need, please let us know so we can make it happen. We will try our best to answer and address every question or concern that you might have.