When a death occurs, the first step is to notify us. We will answer your immediate questions and gather pertinent information. We will arrange for the transfer of the deceased to our facility at 417 Plainfield Street. It is important to note, once the initial call is made to the funeral home, we will give you ample time to allow family members, clergy, or friends to meet at the place of death. We will come to the home only when you have had enough time and are ready.
If the death occurs at home where the deceased is under hospice care, the hospice nurse should be informed of the death. Under normal circumstances, the nurse will come to the home and will provide guidance and support during a crucial time in the bereavement process. The nurse will also coordinate with the primary care physician to alert him or her of the death. The funeral director will obtain a death certificate signed by the Physician.
A Sudden or Unexplained Death at home
When a sudden death occurs, the first call should be made to the police (911) for instructions. The local police or emergency personnel will come to the place of death at any hour. They will confirm the death and contact the State Medical Examiner’s Office. The deceased can be transferred to our facility once the remains have been released to us by the proper authorities. If the Medical Examiner’s Office deems more information is needed to determine a cause of death, the deceased is transferred by their technicians to the state facility. The Rhode Island Medical Examiners Office is located at 148 Orms Street, Providence, RI. The funeral home will coordinate with the Medical Examiner’s Office to find out when your loved one is ready to be released from their custody. Once the remains have been released from the state office, our funeral home personnel will go to the Medical Examiner’s Office to transport the deceased to the funeral home.
If the death occurs at a nursing home or hospital, a family member or nursing home staff member can notify us of the death. We will come to the facility when you are ready and the institution releases the deceased to our care.
Olson & Parent Funeral Home will shelter the remains of the deceased, obtain all necessary permits and authorizations, complete and file the death certificate and meet with the next of kin or the entire family to consider all service options. The cremation arrangements may be made online, at the funeral home, or in some cases in the comfort of your own home.