Your loved one has passed away, what next?

Below are multiple scenarios of what the correct procedure will be when a death may occur. We are here to help you and your family during this difficult time. Our phone lines are open 24/7. 

If the death occurs at home (under hospice care)

If the deceased is not under hospice care, then contact 911. Once the police arrive to your home, they will make sure that the person has passed away and will contact the local county Medical Examiner. The Medical Examiner will then decide if the police should either release the body to the funeral home or take them to their facility.

 If the death occurs at a hospital, adult care facility or any other medical institute

You may let the person in charge know to release the body to Rahma Funeral Home. Our staff will be there within 1-2 hours. We will then bring your loved one to our funeral home and set an arrangement conference with the family. 



If the death occurs at home (not under hospice care)

If the deceased is not under hospice care, then you may contact 911. Once the police arrives to your home, they will make sure that the person has passed away and will contact the local county Medical Examiner. The Medical Examiner will then decide if the police should either release the body to the funeral home or bring the deceased to their facility.


Who is now in charge of making the funeral arrangements?

The dead human body is considered Quasi-Property which is the accepted legal status. Rights associated with the body are as if it were property for the purpose of disposition only.

Responsibility for Final Disposition

1. House Holder: The person who owns or controls the property where the death occurred.
2. Surviving Spouse
3. Next of Kin
4. Public Authority 

Local Medical Examiners in the DFW Area


Medical Examiner Dallas County
Institute of forensic sciences
Med Exam Office /Crime Invest Lab
Jeffrey J. Barnard, M.D.
2355 N. Stemmons Fwy
Dallas, Texas 75207
Phone: (214)920-5900 Office
Fax:    (214)920-5908

Medical Examiner Collin County
William Rohr, M.D.
Collin County Medical Examiner
700 B Wilmeth Rd.
McKinney, TX 75069
Phone: 972-548-3775 , 
972-424-1460 ext. 3775 (Metro)
Fax: 972-548-3760


 


Medical Examiner Tarrant County
Nizam Peerwani, M.D.
Chief Medical ExaminerTarrant County 
Medical Examiner and Forensic
Science Laboratories
200 Feliks Gwozdz Place, 
Fort Worth, TX 76104-4919
Phone: (817) 920-5700    
Fax:    (817) 920-5713

Medical Examiner Denton County
306 N. Loop 288 Suite 140
Denton, Texas 76209-4887
Phone: (940) 349-2870 (Metro)(972) 434-8833 (Metro)(940) 898-5600
 (After 5:00pm, Weekends, and Holidays)
Fax:   (940) 349-2871 (Metro)