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When a Death Occurs

The death of a loved one is never easy. We have put together some of the important information you will need to make the initial decisions, reach out to the appropriate people, and begin the process of designing your loved one's final farewell. Remember that, as you begin to cope with your loss, it is often a good idea to enlist the help and support of family & friends in making the necessary arrangements.

If you have any questions about your next steps, the options available to you, or what the funeral arrangement process will entail, we would be honored to guide you through this information in more detail and answer your questions.


Within Hours

When a death occurs, you will need to contact emergency personnel or your loved one's physician if he or she was under medical care. If no one else was present when the death occurred, you will also need to notify the police before the deceased is transported.


After you have taken care of the initial necessary arrangements, you will want to notify friends and relatives of the death. If it is too painful for you to do this yourself, it is absolutely okay for a trusted friend to make the call on your behalf. Now is the time to review any prearranged wishes or plans your loved one may have put in place, and meet with a Funeral Director at our funeral home to discuss your options and begin designing a funeral. You will also write a death notice or obituary to notify those in the community of your loved one's passing.

When a death occurs while your loved one is in a hospital, care facility or hospice program, the professional staff will notify you and contact the appropriate authorities. If you have already given them the name of a funeral home, the facility will contact our funeral home.


The next steps involve registration of the death, and the processes and documentation involved depend upon the circumstances. The professionals you have contacted will help to guide you through obtaining a death certificate and any other necessary documents.



A Network of Support

Your initial call with our funeral director will allow us to inquire about any prearrangements and gather the information we need to transport your loved one to the funeral home. At the conference you will be able to discuss the services.


Know that, during your time of loss, your greatest resource will be loved ones who want to offer their assistance in any way they can. We encourage you to get in touch with relatives, neighbors, friends, clergy members or other spiritual advisors, and other trusted members of your community. They are often willing to prepare food, look after children, help with arrangements, or simply offer a kind word and open arms.



What If There Are not Any Prearrangements?

If your loved one has not specified any arrangements or preferences beforehand, there are some initial questions you will likely need to answer when you consult with our funeral home:


  • Should I choose embalming?
  • Do I need to purchase a casket?
  • Will I care for my loved one's physical remains through burial or cremation?
  • What sort of funeral or memorial service should I plan?


These questions are just a starting point, and you do not need to know the answers right away. Start thinking about your decisions, and contact us to gain a better understanding of your options and discuss what might be the most appropriate solution for your situation. We are here to make this process easier for you, and we can start by making sure that you have all of the information and guidance you will need.



What to Expect When You Meet With Us


When you meet with us to discuss your arrangements, we will first provide you with a general price list to give you a basic idea of what our services cost. We will then take you through the entire arrangement process, and ask you about your loved one to gain an understanding of the person the services will honor. Use this time to communicate your ideas and preferences, share your loved one's life story, revisit memories and highlight their accomplishments. Our goal is to use this information to guide you in the creation of a personalized, meaningful celebration of your loved one's unique journey.


This process may include:

  • Preparing and filing the official death certificate
  • Scheduling the services and events (including the location, date, and time)
  • Selecting a casket, urn, or other products you may need
  • Drafting an obituary
  • Arranging necessary transportation
  • Selecting casket bearers and clothing

To help express your loved one's personality and life story, feel free to bring any memorabilia - like photos, videos, music, crafts, or treasured items. We can offer suggestions to add that element of a special touch to their service.


We would like to make this process as smooth and stress-free for you as we can. You can come prepared for your meeting by making sure that you have the following information about your loved one on hand when you meet with us:


  • Full legal name & home address
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Father's name
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Veteran's discharge papers (DD-214), if applicable
  • Highest education attained
  • Occupation
  • Chosen place of burial
  • Clergy name and phone number, if applicable
  • Names and relationships of survivors
  • Insurance policy information, if applicable

**Please also bring a recent photograph and any clothing you would like us to use when dressing your loved one for the service.**