When a death occurs, who do you call?
When a death occurs at home or not in a medical institution: Under hospice care, call your hospice nurse. They will confirm your loved one’s death and consult with a physician if necessary. When you are ready to have the decedent removed from your home or other non-institutional place of death, contact your funeral home for further information and assistance.
Did you know that Calumet Park has three funeral homes for your convenience: Merrillville (219.736.5840), Hobart (219.940.3791) and Rendina Funeral Home (219.980.1141)
When not under hospice care and a death occurs outside of a medical institution, it is necessary to first call the coroner or medical examiner to confirm the death. This may be done by calling your local police or sheriff department at 911. Once the coroner or medical examiner has arrived, let them know of your preference to contact us for further information or assistance (or your funeral home of choice).
When a death occurs in an institution: such as a hospital or nursing home, the medical staff will generally take care of all necessary steps. All you would need to do is to notify the staff that you would like to have us handle the arrangements so that they can have you sign any necessary release paperwork. It is always your choice as to what funeral home you prefer. The institution will contact us to make arrangements so that we can assume custody of the deceased.
When a death occurs out of state or out of the area: If death occurs outside of Indiana or away from the region, please call us first so we can coordinate with a local funeral director at the place of death to have your loved one returned to this area. By being a member of several national associations, we can often save you money and added stress by having our firm make the arrangement to have your loved one brought back to Indiana. Likewise, if your loved one is from out of the area, we can help with arrangements to get them to a funeral home in their hometown.
By contacting us first, we will assist you by answering any questions you may have. We will listen and review the many available options that best meet your preferences and financial needs. We want you to know that you are not alone and our caring staff will help make your loss as easy on you as possible.
Please have the following information available when you call our funeral home for help:
1. legal name and location of the deceased and
2. your name, phone number and your relationship to the person who will be in charge of making the arrangements with a funeral director.
3. finally, for your meeting with your funeral director of choice, please bring the following to help in making the transition go as smoothly as possible – decedent’s legal name, sex, social security number, date of birth, date of death, birthplace (city, state, zip), if in military what branch, marital status, surviving spouse’s name, maiden name if wife, decedent’s occupation, complete address at the time of death, decedent’s highest level of education, if Hispanic origin (State of Indiana asks this for death certificate), what race, father’s name, mother’s name, and mother’s maiden last name.
4. When you meet with your funeral director, bring all of the info listed plus the following: burial clothing including undergarments and shoes, recent photograph, clergy name and phone number, copy of military discharge (DD214 or equivalent) when applicable to get all benefits from government and all the special discounts that Calumet Park and Rendina Funeral Home give, any applicable life insurance policies along with the phone number of your insurance agent, and the name of your cemetery of choice (Calumet Park – 2018 winner of best cemetery in the country would be an excellent choice) and deeds and contracts with the cemetery.
If you have any questions regarding anything you just read, please call 219-769-8803. Check out our new website at http://www.mycalumetpark.com