What To Do When Death Occurs
Through difficult moments and the days after loss, we’re here to help.
Your mind may be racing in countless directions right now. Our purpose is to provide support by addressing your questions, making the process more straightforward, and educating you on what needs to be done during this challenging time.
Remember, you can always reach out with questions at any time.
1. Notify the right people
If the deceased is at home or work:
- Call emergency personnel or their physician if necessary.
- If no one was present at the time of death, please call the police.
- Contact the funeral home, and then the cemetery.
If the deceased is under supervised care:
- Contact the funeral home.
- Contact the cemetery.
2. Widen the circle
- Begin discussions regarding arrangements with the funeral home.
- Notify other family members.
- Contact clergy or other spiritual advisers as desired.
3. Answer any key questions about arrangementsWas there a pre-planned arrangement in place?
- If so, your loved one has already taken care of the details, and they wish for you to celebrate their life.
- If not, don't worry. There are a few key steps to address:
- Determine after-life choices.
- Decide on embalming if necessary.
- Select a casket if needed.
- Make cemetery arrangements.
- Choose the type of service.
- Consider whether you need a minister or clergy member.
- Decide on the type of service you wish to have.
- Feel free to contact the cemetery for guidance.
Remember, you don't need to have all the answers; we're here to walk you through everything, anytime.
4. Talk to the cemetery
Once you've chosen the cemetery, we will guide you through the necessary decisions and provide information on what you should bring with you.