If you've experienced the loss of a loved one,
we offer our condolences.
We can be reached 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week
to guide you through the process.
The time immediately following the death of a loved one can be overwhelming, with grief and bereavement complicated by a seemingly endless number of tasks. There are several things that need to be done and grief makes it difficult to focus and to figure out what to do. We're here to help.
Depending on where the death occurs and under what circumstances, this material explains what you should do:
Today, more people with terminal illnesses are electing to pass at home under the care of hospice. In this situation, you just need to notify Hospice that Bay Area Mortuary Services is the funeral home of your choice, they will then take care of all necessary legal requirements. Many times when someone has a terminal illness, the family will elect to make pre-arrangements with us so that they are not overwhelmed with the many important decisions at the time of death. Click HERE for more information about pre-arrangements.
In these situations, immediately call 911. The police and emergency medical personnel will then determine the appropriate steps to be taken. Often, the police can release your loved one directly to Bay Area Mortuary Services. However, in certain cases, the body may need to go to the Medical Examiner's office so that they can determine the cause of death.
If the death occurs outside of California, you should call Bay Area Mortuary Services at our toll-free number (800) 386-4450. We can coordinate the arrangements, including transportation to California.
No matter where death takes place or burial is desired, our specially trained staff know what to do. If you are ever confronted with this seemingly perplexing problem of what to do when death occurs, let Bay Area Mortuary Services guide you through the process.