What To Do in the Event of a Death?

Your should call the Frank Duca Funeral Home so we can take care of all of the formalities involved. The paperwork involved when a loved one dies can unfortunately be very confusing. Therefore, as your Professional Funeral Director we will take care of obtaining and reporting all necessary paperwork including a death certificate.


Depending on where the death occurs and under what circumstances, the following is a general outline as to what you should do when a death occurs:


Death in an Hospital or Nursing Home:

  • When the death occurs at a hospital or nursing home, the medical staff should take care of all necessary legal steps. You just need to notify the medical staff that the Frank Duca Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements so they can have you sign any necessary release paperwork. 

Anticipated Death at Home: 

  • Today, more people with terminal illnesses are electing to die at home under the care of hospice. In this situation, you just need to notify Hospice that Frank Duca Funeral Home is your choice, they will then take care of all necessary legal pre-arrangements with us so that you are not overwhelmed with the many important decisions at the time of death.  They will contact the coroner.

Unanticipated Death at Home or Elsewhere: 

  • 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 the human remains directly to our funeral home. 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.  All immediate deaths and deaths that occur in a hospital within 24 hours of admittance are referred to the coroners office in Pennsylvania.

Death out of state: 

  • If the death occurs outside of Pennsylvania, you should call us at (814) 255-3822. We can coordinate with a local funeral director at the place of death. We often can save families money by having our company make arrangements.
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Funeral Director



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Owner/Funeral Director


Bradley S. Duca,

Funeral Director

What to Do in the Event of a Death?

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