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    I have been pondering this question for a long time.

    Suppose you live alone. You sign up a package with a funeral house to take care of your death. And you pass away suddenly. Your body is in the hospital. Other than asking the funeral house itself, how will the funeral house know that you are dead?

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    You have a death certificate that is certified by a doctor and depending on your age and the circumstances, you would have had an autopsy. Then you probably need to be prepped by a mortician who may cut into you to reshape your body if it has been crushed or damaged. So somewhere along the process, they will check if you are really dead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charbydis View Post
    You have a death certificate that is certified by a doctor and depending on your age and the circumstances, you would have had an autopsy. Then you probably need to be prepped by a mortician who may cut into you to reshape your body if it has been crushed or damaged. So somewhere along the process, they will check if you are really dead.
    I understand the first two sentences. But, in the third sentence, who is this "they"? And how will they "know" to check?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkeej View Post
    I understand the first two sentences. But, in the third sentence, who is this "they"? And how will they "know" to check?
    The makeup morticians use is more waxy as it needs to stay on longer depending on when the viewing is and when the burial/cremation is. But if you are not dead, then the body heat you generate will cause the make up to melt. And if you have suffered crushing injuries, the mortician has to rebuild the face and body shape, often by cutting open your body and stuffing pipes or plaster in, then restitching or glueing. So if you're are not dead, you would bleed a lot.

    Believe me, funeral homes are probably more worried about live people being sent to them and they would most probably check pulse and death cert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charbydis View Post
    The makeup morticians use is more waxy as it needs to stay on longer depending on when the viewing is and when the burial/cremation is. But if you are not dead, then the body heat you generate will cause the make up to melt. And if you have suffered crushing injuries, the mortician has to rebuild the face and body shape, often by cutting open your body and stuffing pipes or plaster in, then restitching or glueing. So if you're are not dead, you would bleed a lot.

    Believe me, funeral homes are probably more worried about live people being sent to them and they would most probably check pulse and death cert.
    Good points. There are many funeral houses. How will the hospital know which one to send the dead body to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkeej View Post
    Good points. There are many funeral houses. How will the hospital know which one to send the dead body to?
    The morgue will have to contact your family members to gain consent to release the body. If there is no consent given, then your body will be kept at the morgue for a period of time, and if no one comes to claim your body, then your body will be donated/sold to the universities or research facilities with proceeds going to the government.

    If you are living alone and have a pre-paid funeral plan, you would most likely have a card in your wallet that specifies so (like an organ donor card). But you would have also nominated a friend/family member who will be in charge of your funeral and they will have the information ready.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charbydis View Post
    If you are living alone and have a pre-paid funeral plan, you would most likely have a card in your wallet that specifies so (like an organ donor card).
    That seems logical.

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