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- 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.