At the beginning of my novel, one of my characters dies. She is in her home when she dies of what initially appears to be complications from her battle with cancer (she was bedridden and dying). Some information about her: -She's elderly -She has no health insurance -She has no POA or DNR -She does not have hospice care The character's family is in charge of providing care for her while she gets ready to die at home. Since she's reluctant to face death, she has made no preparations for her death. When her husband discovers her unresponsive, he calls 911 even though she's dead. In the U.S., would paramedics take her to the hospital or attempt to revive her even though she looks dead? If they did, would doctors perform any tests on her to determine the cause of her death? I'm asking because her cause of death is kind of a big deal. The character commits suicide by taking too many pain pills because she's sick of being in such pain all of the time. She's Catholic, so would that sort of death cause problems for her funeral and burial if it were to come to light? And if the character's hands were weak due to a combination of cancer and arthritis (in her fingers), would the doctor suspect that someone assisted her in overdosing (those pill bottles are hard to open)? I have parts of the scene written, but I can revise some of it for realism. Does anyone have experience with this? I worked in a nursing home and saw a lot of death, but all of my residents had DNRs so they were always just carted off to the funeral home after the nurse pronounced them dead. I don't know anything about what happens when someone with no plan dies.