Upon Death

“SOMEONE i LOVE HAS JUST PASSED AWAY. WHAT DO I DO NOW?”

 
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IF YOUR LOVED ONE PASSES AWAY UNDER medical supervision...

Tell the nurse who pronounced the time of death know that you have chosen Trinity Funeral Services as your mortuary. You can ask the nurse to call us for removal, or you may call us at 619-344-0875.

Upon receipt of your loved one, you will be contacted by one of our arrangers to further assist you with completing the necessary forms and making arrangements. (If death occurs after hours or on a weekend, you will be contacted the following business day.)

If you would like to get started on the forms for cremation, they are available here.

 
 

IF YOUR LOVED ONE PASSES AWAY UNATTENDED BY A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL, OR IS FOUND...

Contact your local Police or Sheriff’s department by dialing 911, and request an officer to pronounce the time of death. In these cases, the officer will contact the County Medical Examiner and they may choose to do an investigation if the cause of death is suspicious or traumatic in nature. In either case, you or the officer can contact us at 619-344-0875 and we will coordinate with the Medical Examiner.

Upon receipt of your loved one, you will be contacted by one of our arrangers to further assist you with completing the necessary forms and making arrangements. (If death occurs after hours or on a weekend, you will be contacted the following business day.)

If you would like to get started on the forms for cremation, they are available here.

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transportation

Our driver will arrive at the location to perform the removal within two hours of being notified.  There are no additional fees for after hours transportation.  Our Staff will contact you once we have your loved one in our care.  This may be the following business day if the death occurs after hours or over the weekend.  


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RESPONSIBILITIES OF LEGAL NEXT OF KIN

The legal next of kin, in respective order, as defined by CA Health and Safety Code 7100 is:

  1. Person with Power of Attorney for Health Care

  2. Surviving Spouse

  3. Majority of Adult Children

  4. Parents

  5. Majority of Adult Siblings

The next of kin will be required to sign our forms authorizing cremation or burial.  This may be done at our office in-person or remotely via email or fax.


 

FILING THE DEATH CERTIFICATE

The State of California requires a Death Certificate to be registered for each individual before they are buried or cremated.  It is our responsibility as the mortuary to do so.  A California Burial/Cremation Permit is also filed at the same time.  There are several steps to filing a death certificate, and completing the process generally takes five to seven business days. 

  1. Our staff contacts the attending physician of the decedent for cause of death information.

  2. The causes of death are input into the California Electronic Death Registration System.

  3. The San Diego County Health Dept. reviews the causes of death.

  4. A signature or voice attestation is obtained from the doctor.

  5. A burial/cremation permit is made and accompanies the Death Certificate electronically to the Health Dept. for final registration.


COMPLETING THE SERVICES

COMPLETING THE CREMATION OR BURIAL

Once the Death Certificate has been filed, we are legally able to proceed with the cremation or burial.  In the case of cremation, the cremated remains are will be delivered to our San Diego or Chula Vista office based on your choice, then you will receive a call that they are ready for pick up.  In the case of a burial, we will deliver the decedent in the chosen casket to the cemetery on the day of the scheduled service.  The cemetery staff will then direct the services.

OBTAINING COPIES OF THE DEATH CERTIFICATE

We are happy to order certified copies of the Death Certificate for you, or you may go directly to the County Health Department, as soon as the certificate is initially filed.  Six weeks after the date the Death Certificate is filed, you may go to the County Recorder's Office to purchase certified copies.