Primary Goal of this Step
By law, you must report a death to the proper authorities to begin the death certification process. You will need multiple copies of the death certificate in order to do most of the tasks involved in disposition of the body, settling the estate, and wrapping up other affairs (like bank accounts and insurance).
Important Tasks: Report the Death
Contact the appropriate authorities
When in doubt, call 911.
Begin the process of completing a death certificate
A death certificate is jointly completed by a doctor or coroner and a funeral director . You will need to have certain information about the person who died in order to complete a death certificate .
If the person who died was an organ donor , inform the appropriate authorities
Measures will be taken to preserve the organs so that they can be donated.