When a loved one dies at home or in a place that isn’t a healthcare facility, you may need to contact emergency personnel before they can be taken into our care. If your loved one was under hospice care, call the hospice nurse immediately.
If your loved one dies in a healthcare facility, they will notify the proper authorities, including the funeral home you have chosen to care for your loved one if they know that information.
This part of the process is often the most emotional, and we are here to help and support you. If you’re not sure what to do, call us any time.
Within the First Few Days
You’ll want to notify close friends and relatives, both through personal phone calls as well as your loved one’s death notice. If this process is too painful for you, it’s absolutely okay to ask a trusted family member or friend to help you.
This also is the time to review any of your loved one’s preplanned cremation wishes and meet with a funeral director to begin the Arrangement Process. If your loved one did not plan in advance, you might want to start thinking about a few of the big choices you will need to make, such as:
- The type of urn
- The location of their final resting place, whether you decide to keep them within your home, spread them in a cherished location, or inter them in a garden, statue, or other memorial property
- Any religious services you will need, such as clergy or spiritual leaders
These questions are just a starting point, and you don't need to know the answers right away. Don’t hesitate to contact us to gain a better understanding of your options. We're here to make this process easier for you.
What information do I need to provide?
We'd like to make this process as smooth and stress-free for you as we can, the following information about your loved one is needed to complete the cremation arrangements:
- Full legal name and home address
- Social security number
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Father's full name and state of birth
- Mother's full name (including maiden) and state of birth
- Veteran's discharge papers (DD-214), if applicable
- Highest education or degree
- Information about the burial or interment location if applicable
- Names and relationships of survivors