Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dying at Home May Not Be As Peaceful For Loved Ones

HandsWhen a loved one chooses to die at home, the family should prepare to the fulfill certain post-death requirements, including:

  • Determination by a licensed professional that the person is actually deceased.
  • Completing a death certificate properly.
  • Selecting an undertaker.
  • Contacting law enforcement, who must determine that there was no foul play.

These requirements can be difficult for a grieving family, requirements that hospitals or hospice care facilities routinely fulfill.

See Kent Sepkowitz, Dignity in Dying, Newsweek, Sept. 26, 2009.


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