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COPING WITH DEATH
How to handle a death that
occurs away from home
Whether you’re a snowbird going to a warmer climate to escape winter
weather or you’re traveling on a business trip, it’s wise to prepare for the
Accidents happen. People fall victim to new or existing medical conditions.
Death is always an overwhelming event, especially when it occurs away from home.
That’s why it is wise to carry a wallet-sized card listing the names of your next-ofkin,
the telephone number of your funeral director and stating whether any funeral
pre-arrangements have been made.
Most travelers wouldn’t dream of leaving home on an extended trip without carrying
along copies of prescriptions, yet how many think to include personal information
that would facilitate their fi nal arrangements if the unthinkable happens?
Robert Ruggiero, a licensed New York City funeral director, off ers these suggestions
to help cope with death away from home.
Don’t leave the body. The most frequent response by family members experiencing
a death away from home is to hurry home to begin funeral arrangements.
However, most deaths that occur while traveling are sudden and require an investigation
by the local medical examiner’s offi ce and police department.
The family member traveling with the person who remains available to the authorities
at the place of death will expedite the return process.
If a person has died and family is not with the deceased, survivors should not fl y
out to the place of death.
With today’s technology, there’s a good possibility that if identifi cation is required,
survivors can save time by staying home and requesting another means to accomplish
the necessary procedures.
Appoint your hometown funeral director as the “point person.” Allow him or her
to select the means of returning your loved one home.
Your family funeral director is familiar with the necessary procedures to ease
the process for you.
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