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Old 02-21-2010, 03:15 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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What does hospitals do to make sure a person is dead before giving the body over to a funeral home? My fear would be begin buried alive.

John
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Old 02-22-2010, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Haymarket, Va
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Well I know at my hospital an MD comes and pronounces, by listening to the heart. Then the pt is sent to the hospital morgue and then the funeral home comes and picks them up. There is usually quite a while between a pt's death and them arriving at the funeral home, plus the time the pt would spend at the funeral home before being buried, so I don't think you have to worry about being buried alive .
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Old 02-22-2010, 01:25 AM
 
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Well the last time the hospital rang to announce a loved one was dead I didn't believe them so I went up there in the middle of the night myself to make sure before allowing the undertaker to come and take them to the funeral parlour.

I'm pretty sure my family will do the same for me when it's my turn.
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:02 AM
 
Location: Hawaii
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Hey John1960, what's up?
In the last post on the subject concerning being buried alive I was going to tell you that Edgar Allan Poe has a few short stories that are great reading on the phenomenon. I also found some interesting reading on the coffins designed with a breakable glass top (just in case the person could break their way out).
Anyway, in the hospitals it's the doc that has to make the call because they are the ones signing the death certificate. They have their criteria to answer as far as beating heart and no vital signs/cause of death etc...
Dare I say that there have been many instances when the doc isn't present or is unavailable and it has to be done over the phone (weekends/holidays).
But, rest assured that every respect is paid to the deceased and every R.N. should know how to shroud and prep a person for transport to the morgue. The goal is to have them transported to the morgue ASAP. Of course the family is usually there to make sure all goes well with their loved one.
Don't worry, these days in America in the larger hospitals staff is not going to declare you deceased unless you truly are.
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:03 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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You know after posting the thread 'Dead' Woman Moves Arm At Funeral Home made me wonder about how hospitals check to make sure people are really dead. I've told my family in a joking way to bury me with my cellphone.


News, 'Dead' Woman Moves Arm At Funeral Home - Irresistible News Story - KCRA Sacramento (http://www.kcra.com/irresistible/22591864/detail.html - broken link)
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I'm going to include in my living will that medical personnel repeatedly play "Big Shot" by Billy Joel. If I don't wake up screaming "Turn that #$%*$&@!!! off!" after the third or fourth loop, then I am not only merely dead, I am really and most sincerely dead.
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