It can be hard to grasp the idea that your relative has a terminal illness and needs hospice care. While your focus should be on making the most of the time you have with them in the present, it’s natural to also have questions about the future. For example, what steps should you undertake if they were to die at home? The guide below offers some guidance during this emotional time.

Notify Others

If there is a nurse at your house providing hospice care, they can make a pronouncement of death. If they are not on-site, make a call to them or to emergency services. You should also let those close to your loved one know of their passing.

Talk to the Funeral Home

hospiceIdeally, you will have had a chance to talk to your loved one about their final wishes. If they had a condition affecting their ability to think or communicate—such as severe Alzheimer’s—this might be a matter to discuss with other family members or friends. If you made arrangements in advance, contact the funeral home or cremation center to arrange for transportation. In a few days, when you are more ready, you can discuss the details and pick up a death certificate from them.

Lean on Others

Whether you are dealing with funeral planning, writing an obituary, or beginning the sometimes-long process of probate, don’t feel like you have to take on all the responsibilities yourself. Rely on family and friends who share your loss and on a lawyer who can help you handle the estate. Seek bereavement services if you believe it can help ease your pain.


For compassionate hospice and elderly care, choose Advantage Home Health & Hospice in Poteau, OK. This Le Flore County provider is locally owned and has a 4-star rating with Certified Medicare/Medicaid Services. They believe in keeping patients comfortable and giving them a chance to spend time with family in a familiar environment. In addition, they also offer bereavement services to support the family affected by losses. For questions about their offerings, call (918) 647-0653 or visit their website.