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What To Do When A Death Occurs

When a death occurs, a family must make a number of decisions and provide certain information and documents to the funeral home. We realize this can be a very difficult time and want you to know we are here to help. Making these decisions in advance can free your family from the indecision and uncertainty that may occur at the time of losing a family member. Our staff is available to discuss matters regarding funeral arrangements with you at any time. Following is information we hope you will find helpful in planning for a loved one's final arrangements.

When a death occurs in a care facility, such as a hospital or nursing home, the nursing staff will notify you and the proper authorities. If a loved one is at home and under the care of a hospice program, a hospice representative should provide the family members instructions and procedures to follow. In other situations, such as a sudden death at home or in a workplace, you should contact emergency personnel and the person's physician if he or she was under a doctor's care.

-Notify the funeral home. Our staff can provide important information and guidance.
-Call or contact other family members.
-Call your church or clergy. Always check with the funeral home before setting service times and dates.
-Contact local friends and neighbors. They can be an important source of help during a difficult time.

When you visit the funeral home, the funeral director will discuss with you the funeral arrangements and the final disposition of your loved one. We will assist you in scheduling the location, date and time of services; preparing an obituary notice; contacting clergy and assist in selection of pallbearers; selecting a casket, urn or other items; contacting cemetery officials; preparing and filing of a death certificate and other necessary authorizations needed.
The following checklist is a guide of information and items needed regarding the decedent during your first meeting with the funeral director.
-Full legal name
-Home address
-Social Security number
-Date of birth
-Place of birth
-Father name
-Mother's maiden name
-Highest education
-List of clubs & organization attended
-Recent photograph (for obituary)
-Veteran discharge (if applicable)
-Cemetery information (if applicable)
-Complete Clothing
-Clergy's name and phone number
-Survivors (name and relationships)
-List of Pallbearers (if applicable)
-Cemetery deed (if needed)
-Insurance policies (if applicable)
-Decide on a appropriate memorial in which gifts may be made (church, hospice, charity)

Arrange for members of family or close friends to take turns answering the door or phone, keeping a careful record of calls.
Coordinate the supplying of food for the next several days. Arrange hospitality for visiting relatives and friends.
Consider special needs of the household, such as cleaning, etc, which might be done by friends. Arrange for childcare during the funeral services, if necessary. If the deceased was living alone, secure the home or apartment, notify utility companies, notify the post office to forward mail.