WHEN DEATH OCCURS
When shocked and grieving, it is an especially difficult time to handle a lot of forms and details, or to gather facts. Alfonso Dawson Mortuary is here to offer guidance and assistance. Arrangement conferences may be held at our funeral home, or we are available to come to your home.
Anticipated Death At Home
If a hospice organization recognized by the State of Georgia is in charge of the patient’s care, then a phone call from a hospice nurse is all that is required. If a home health care provider is involved with the patient’s care, then by law, you must call 911 and inform the dispatcher that a death has occurred. The 911 dispatcher cannot assume that death has occurred and therefore they will dispatch Rescue, as well as, the Police who will respond as they would to any normal emergency. In certain cases, you may be able to prevent Rescue and the Police from responding with lights and sirens by having a DO NOT RESUSCITATE ORDER. These can be obtained from a doctor or an attorney.
Unanticipated Death At Home
If there is neither Hospice nor a home care provider, call 911 immediately. Rescue and the police or sheriff deputy will be dispatched. The 911 dispatcher cannot assume that death has occurred. The officer will contact the doctor who was in charge of the patients care. In the event that there is not a doctor to sign the death certificate, the officer will have to contact the Medical Examiner. The Medical Examiner will also be contacted if the EMT’s and the officer determine that the death may be due to a cause other than natural.
At A Nursing Home
Upon entering a health care center or assisted living facility, one of the first things they will need to know is what funeral home preference you have. If death does occur, the facility will first notify the family and then call the funeral home on record. If you would like to choose Alfonso Dawson Mortuary services, please let the person in charge of the facility know.
At A Hospital
If a death occurs in a hospital, you will need toinform the nursing supervisor to contact Alfonso Dawson Mortuary.
Out Of Town
If a death occurs out of state and you would like to send your loved one home to Fulton County for burial, you have a couple of options:
1. You may ask locally for a referral to a reputable funeral home and have that funeral home contact us at (404) 691-3810.
2. You may call us at 1-(404) 691-3810 long distance and we will assist you in choosing a funeral home through the national associations we are listed as a member.
Either way, please contact us so that we may assist you with the arrangements. Also, if you decide on arrangements other than sending your loved one to Fulton County, please feel free to contact us as a resource for information or if you have any questions or concerns. We will be glad to assist you.
Unanticipated Death While On Vacation
In the event that there has not been any contact with a Medical Doctor in the area, the Medical Examiner will have to be notified. Depending on the circumstances, an autopsy may or may not be required.