When Death Occurs – Need a Funeral Director? When death occurs at home or work, emergency personnel and the person’s physician should be contacted. If the death occurs at home with family or friends present, and the person is under a physician’s care, the family should call a funeral home directly. However, if the death occurs in a residence and no one was there at the time of death, police will need to be immediately notified. In any case you are not sure of who to notify or what to do, call us at (404) 692-0638. We can assist by locating a nearby funeral home to contact you directly, normally within 1 hour.