What to expect when EMS arrives
Emergency medical services (EMS) will come to the scene and will take the person to the local hospital. Be aware that EMS are legally obligated to attempt resuscitatation (such as CPR), even if the person is showing an absence of vital signs (breathing, heartbeat) when EMS arrives.
Working with the hospital and a funeral director to complete the death certificate
Once at the hospital, the hospital staff will begin the process of issuing a death certificate. At this point, a funeral director will be needed in order to complete the death certificate and remove the body from the hospital.
To find a funeral home, use our resource Guide: Finding a Funeral Home.