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What is Meant by "Unattended Death?"

An unattended death occurs when an individual dies alone. Typically, the remains of a person who dies from an unattended death are not immediately discovered. This type of a death many times means a relatively considerable amount of time lapses between the death and the discovery of the deceased person’s body.

The most common types of situations in which an unattended death occurs include:


Sudden health issue (like a fatal heart attack or stroke)

Decedent lived alone



What to do if you discovered an unattended death?

Contact authorities

Arrange to transport the body

Reach out to friends and family, pastor

Refrain from a do-it-yourself cleanup

Contact a professional cleanup service

Seek counseling.

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