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 
Halton Region - Fast Facts: Funerals 
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
Address & Map
Halton Region, ON
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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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