What to do when a death occurs
What is your next move? Where do I turn?
So many stressful thoughts can overwhelm you. You need someone you can trust. Someone who truly has your best interest at heart. Call us day or night and we can begin the funeral process. Depending on where your loved is when you contact us will determine our next step. During our initial conversation we will answer your immediate questions and then put your mind at ease that your loved one will be taken into our custody and care.
What to Expect When You Arrive at the Funeral Home
One of the first things the funeral arranger will do is to provide you with our general price list which lists all of our available services. He or she will then guide you through the entire arrangement process. We handle all of the legally required papers and documents that are now necessary upon your loved ones passing. After the information is gathered for the death certificate, social security and any other important business we will now begin explaining how you can create a memorable personal celebration of your loved one's life. This is not a one-way conversation; we want to hear your ideas and desires, and use them as the foundation for the arrangement process. We're not here to sell you our idea of a proper funeral, we're here to provide you with your idea of a proper funeral.
We will help you in the selection and preparation of:
- Scheduling the location, date and time of services or events
- Selecting a casket, urn or other items
- Preparing an obituary notice
- Scheduling vehicles
We’d like you to bring any photos, a favorite song, or memorabilia so that you and your funeral arranger can better discuss how you would like your loved one to be remembered. Having these things, and knowing their favorite song or favorite gathering place – even their favorite activity – will help us create a truly fitting memorial service.
Our funeral arrangers will assist you in planning a loving tribute that captures the spirit of the person whose life you wish to honor. To learn more about personalizing the service, please read the Honoring Life section of this Web site. The funeral arranger will discuss personalization with you during your arrangement conference.
The following checklist will help you remember information and items that will be needed when meeting with a funeral arranger.
- 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)
- Recent Photograph
- Highest level of education
- Place of burial (if applicable)
- Clergy name and phone number
- Survivors (name and relationship)
- Insurance policies (if applicable)
Those Important Questions
Some important things to consider:
- Do I have to have embalming? No. Embalming is not required by law except in a few cases such as air travel. It is required by our policy if you are choosing services with an open casket viewing.
- Do I need to purchase a casket? No. Certain types of services such as cremation after a viewing can be facilitated by using a rental casket. Our funeral arrangers will explain this option to you.
- What about cemetery arrangements? We will guide you in making the right choices regarding the cemetery and its requirements.
- Does the family have to engage the services of a minister? Not necessarily. Your spiritual needs will be considered in our planning but the final choice is up to you regarding the presence of a religious element to your funeral choice. You or a family member may have strong ties to a particular religious faith or congregation. If so, we can arrange to have the funeral take place at the requested house of worship. We can also arrange for clergy to come to our facility provided their religious rules allow that. Although our staff members are not officially ordained ministers, we do have many years of experience in providing prayers of comfort and words of consolation.
- What type of service should we have? As we said before, "There is no right or wrong". You know your loved one best and we feel that our arrangements should be for 10 years from now. Ten years from now you should look back and proudly say that we did exactly what was perfect for our loved one.
By contacting our staff, we'll be able to help answer your questions and assist in making the appropriate plans. You can reach us at (847) 635-5900.
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