When Death Occurs

The death of a loved one is never easy, whether anticipated or not. Here are some guidelines to follow depending on where the death occurs and the circumstances.

Anticipated Death at Home

In the case of terminal illnesses, usually the family elects to make pre-arrangements with us to minimize being overwhelmed with all the important decisions that arise when death occurs. More and more, people with terminal illnesses are electing to die at home under hospice care. If you notify the hospice that you have chosen  Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home to handle the arrangements, we will take care of all necessary  requirements.

Unanticipated Death

An emergency call to 911 should be made in this situation. Police and emergency medical personnel will determine the appropriate steps to take.  The police can release your loved one directly to Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home at your direction. However, in some cases, the deceased may need to be sent to the Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death. Once completed, we pick up your loved one for preparation according to your directions.

Death in an Institution

The medical staff at a hospital or nursing home should take of of all necessary steps when a death occurs. You just need to sign any necessary release paperwork and notify them that Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home will handle the arrangements.

Out of State Death

Even when a death occurs outside the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home can assist you. Based on your expressed desires, we can coordinate with a local funeral director at the place of death. Wherever death occurs or burial is desired, call us at (301) 632-6624 for assistance.

  • What Our Clients Say

    Our Dad passed November 6 after a long illness. I had made the decision to use Briscoe-Tonic's services after a brief phone call with Kim. We went to her office and she did all she could to take a very solemn occasion and while we did not forget why we were there she made it a pleasurable experience. Dad was what we all called vain about his looks and attire...everything had to match and every hair had to be in place. So needless to say I was very much concerned with how he would look when we saw him again. I had no reason to worry. When we went in for the viewing Dad looked as if were peacefully sleeping and had not a care in the world. I want to Thank Kim and Tony and the whole staff for all of their care and concern for us who are left behind with all of our memories and for taking care of Dad on his final journey.

     — Michael and Beverly Harris

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    A funeral is a trying and emotional time for family members. The funeral home staff and the funeral director are there to make time as easy as possible for the family.

    I just wanted to take a few moments to express to you my gratitude for the beautiful funeral services that you provided for our family in the passing of my Brother (James Edward “Jitter” Butler, Jr.). I was concerned about the way he would look like because he had lost so much weight, but you did a wonderful job he was very handsome.

    I was very pleased with the professionalism you and your staff provided. Job was well done. I know sometimes you only get to hear of the bad things not the good.

    Thank You for being one of those people.

     — Agnes Mason

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    Kim I am writing a testimonial for your website. Your funeral home made my mom feel so welcomed that when she came home from there she felt at ease making plans for my grandmother's funeral. When I finally had the opportunity to meet you, your personality was so welcoming and made me feel so at ease and like we were the only ones that mattered. When your husband came to pick up my grandmother's body he did it with such respect. He was so kind to our family and treated us with respect. My mom came to your funeral home after going to another funeral home and being shocked at the cost and coldness of the staff. Your prices were very reasonable and affordable. The services we received for the amount we paid were well worth it. I would recommend your funeral home to anyone who wanted to have a family experience. Someone who wants to feel warm and embraced and not be treated coldly and like they are just another customer.

    Thank you and your staff for all you did for me and my family and for my grandma.

    Angela Adelman and family

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    I just wanted to thank you all again for the wonderful job you did. Everyone was very helpful, kind and caring to myself and my family throughout the week (8-15-11) of my Mom’s passing. Terry, was especially helpful through the whole process as well. It still amazes me how my Mother came in to see you a long time ago and picked things out to prepare for her “Final Journey”…..almost like she knew she’d be in good hands and you guys would take care of things and “Her”. I know she is looking down from Heaven and saying…”WOW…everything I planned for turned out GREAT”…..and I’m sure she is sending a warm thank you your way as well. So to you, your family and staff my sister and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Take Care and God Bless.

    Sharon Kingsberry

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    We would like to take a moment to thank you so much for rendering dedicated and professional services during our time of bereavement. On behalf of the family, it helped significantly to eased the pressure of losing our loved one Beverly Ann Ferrell-Hood. She meant the world to us, and the thought of planning was overwhelming to the family, but we trusted that things would be handled appropriately. We personally never doubted that you would do an outstanding job, because of our experience in dealing with you on both a personal and professional level. Words could not express how deeply move the family was with every aspect of the arrangements provided by the Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home. We look forward to a continuously long term relationship.

    Barry Ferrell and Family

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    I wanted to thank you and your staff for the exceptional service that my family received while arranging my father's funeral arrangements. We were so pleased with the service that we received and everyone agreed that you and your staff did a wonderful job. Everyone agreed that "he looked so much like himself."

    We especially wanted to thank you for the lovely photo of my father that you displayed during the service. This was a wonderful surprise when we all saw that beautiful photo. I would like to know how I can get more copies of that photo. Everyone loves the photo and we would definitely like to know how we can get more copies.

    All of my family and friends will definitely spread the word about the wonderful service that we received at your funeral home. Although dealing with death is not an easy experience, you managed to make us feel at ease. Everyone at Brisce-Tonic Funeral Home was professional, knowledgeable, caring and supportive. We felt comfort in knowing that my father's homegoing would be a beautiful experience.

    Lisa Bonneau Crawley

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    On behalf of the Hodo family, we want to extend our gratitude regarding the outstanding service we received from you and your staff at your beautiful funeral home.

    From start to finish, your customer service was outstanding with my uncle's service. Even my Aunt Helen was impressed. Kim, when we saw our uncle in that casket, he looked really good! The make-up and set-up was exceptional.

    I've even had a couple of my customers from our family business compliment on your professionalism and based on our experience, I have no doubt that your business will succeed. Shoot, when it's time for me to go that's where I'll be!

    We will definitely spread the word! Take care and much success.

    — LaTanya Holland

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    We can not say enough about this family at Briscoe-Tonic. It was like our loss was their loss. They all were very supportive, caring, compassionate and understanding and we highly recommend their services.

    —The children of Claudette Kerns

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    During a difficult task with all of you it was as if I was encircled by a lot of angels and long-time friends. Thanks so much for making it as easy as was possible.

    — P. Draper

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    The Ashton family would like to send our thanks and appreciation to you and your staff for the great care and loving way you presented and made final arrangements for Thomas Ashton.

    We were very pleased with how everyone involved at Briscoe-Tonic acted in a very compassionate, friendly, and thoughtful way in helping the extended Ashton family and friends say good-bye to our beloved dad, brother, uncle, friend, etc.

    Our family could tell from our first meeting with you that we made the right decision to ask Briscoe-Tonic to make final preparations for dad’s burial. Each step was handled in a professional, family-oriented manner. You were always accessible when we needed you, prompt, thorough, and courteous. We couldn’t have asked for more.

    It was difficult saying goodbye to dad, but you made the process easier as we know that we entrusted him to a group of people who cared about him and his family.

    Thank you. - The Ashtons

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