Death places a tremendous emotional burden on survivors; added stress is usually imposed by urgent requirement for disposition of decedent remains and prompt funeral arrangements. When a death occurs at William Beaumont Army Medical Center the primary next of kin will need to contact the Decedent Affairs office, WBAMC to insure that the necessary paperwork has been completed prior to releasing the decedent to the funeral home of their choice. The office location is on the 3rd floor, Patient Administration division, Room 3-225a, Decedent Affairs/Birth Certificate. The office is open from 07:30 to 16:00 Monday-Friday, excluding all federal and training holidays. Questions may be directed to the Decedent Affairs office at 915 569-2503
You may choose a funeral home even if you have not signed all of the paperwork at William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC). The remains may not be released from the hospital until the Release of Remains Form has been signed by the primary next of kin.
The certified copies of the Death certificate is released by the El Paso County Clerk’s Office to your funeral home. There is a charge for certified copies, your funeral home will advise you of the price.
Burial at any National Cemetary
The next of kin will need to locate the service members DD214. Take these papers to the funeral home of your choice for assistance. If these forms cannot be found, you will need to request assistance through the Veterans’ Administration , 915 564-6100.
Autopsy results and copies of medical records or requested through the Correspondence office with a certified copy of the death certificate. Operating hours for correspondence are Mon, Wed, and Fri 08:00-16:00, Tues/Thurs Closed, holidays and training holidays closed. Phone numbers are 915 569-2400 / 1569