How to - Report a Death, Reporting and Resources

Site: Halton

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Description and Service Details
Description (Service) TO REPORT A DEATH 
For an unexpected death, call 9-1-1 
* emergency personal will respond (Fire, EMS, Police) 
* when a death happens outside of the hospital, it is deemed a Coroners Case 
* police will attend, investigate, and "secure" the scene until a Coroner arrives 
* Coroner is responsible for determining the cause of death, which sometimes can be done at the scene, but in most cases will require a post mortem for further testing 
* Police will call for transfer service to remove the deceased once Coroner releases the scene 
* Coroner decides whether the deceased is taken to hospital for post mortem, or to chosen funeral home 
For an expected death, call 9-1-1, or if previous arrangements were made, call the attending physician (usually the Family Doctor) 
* Doctor is responsible for pronouncing death 
* once death has been pronounced, contact chosen funeral home 
* transfer service will attend to remove the deceased and take to their funeral home 
* funeral home will assist with paperwork and explain what else needs to be done 
* if post mortem was done, once completed the Coroner will call the next of kin with preliminary results and to inform that the body is released 
Bereavement Authority of Ontario: 1-844-493-6356  
* regulates and supports licensed funeral establishments, cemetery operators, crematorium operators, transfer service operators, funeral directors, funeral preplanners, transfer service sales representatives, cemetery sales representatives, and crematorium sales representatives across Ontario 
* A Guide to Death Care in Ontario  
Office of the Chief Coroner: 416-314-4000; After hours emergency 416-314-4100 
* Investigates all unnatural, sudden and unexpected deaths  
* orders autopsies and holds inquests when required  
* signs cremation certificates  
* responsible for out of province shipment of bodies  
* reports include public safety recommendations  
* administers donations of bodies for medical education and research  
* supervises and educates investigating coroner and pathologists in Ontario  
Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children: 905-337-2333 (leave message if after hours)  
* ages 3 and up 
Bereaved Families of Ontario 
* South Central Region (Burlington/Hamilton): 905-318-0070, ages 5 and up 
* Halton-Peel Region (Halton, except Burlington): 905-848-4337, ages 14 and up  
Heartache2Hope: 905-599-4673 (HOPE)  
* provides healing support to adults who have experienced a suicide loss 
Acclaim Health - Hospice and Bereavement Support: 1-800-387-7127  
* one-on-one visits, support groups
Hours Mon-Sun 24 hours
Areas Served Halton Region
Eligibility No restrictions
Application No application required
Languages English
Fees Service - Funeral Home services ; * the deceased is responsible for funeral services payment 
* if previous arrangements were not made, and the deceased's estate can not afford to pay for the service, call the Region of Halton at 3-1-1 * Fee assistance available for deceased ; assistance is provided by Region of Halton.
Site Information
Located In Community Halton Region
Physical Access Not Applicable
Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading Topic Guides
HCSD Sub Heading All "How To" Guides ; Special Topics
Service Categories Coroner Services ; Death and Dying ; Mortuary Services

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