When to call 911
If the death was unexpected or if there was anything unusual or suspicious about the manner of death (including suicide), you should immediately call 911. The body will likely be taken to the local morgue for an autopsy or other forensic investigation.
As rules for doctors’ authority can vary from state to state, it is always appropriate to call 911 to report a death.
Working with a funeral director to complete the death certificate
Your second call should be to a funeral home to engage the services of a licensed funeral director in order to complete the death certificate and remove the body from the home.
To find a funeral home, use our resource Guide: Finding a Funeral Home.