Whether it is a sudden death or a long-term illness, the death of a loved one often leaves us feeling lost and overwhelmed. There are some immediate items that need to be taken care of. We provide this page as a checklist of sorts. Feel free to print this page for your reference or simply browse for the information you need.
What Can I Expect?
When you call us, we will ask for some basic information about the deceased and a contact number where we will be able to reach you. At this time or shortly after, we will arrange a time to meet with you (and your family) either in our offices or at your home to go over the options you have regarding the services for the deceased.
Does It Matter Where the Death Occurs?
In most cases, including a hospital death, nursing home and out-of-state, you can call us as soon as you are ready. This is especially important in out-of-state deaths because contacting another funeral home where you are at could result in extra charges. If you contact us first, we can make all the necessary arrangements and avoid those extra charges.
When a death occurs at home, you must contact other authorities first. If the deceased was in the HOSPICE program, you can simply contact their nurse. If not a HOSPICE patient, you will need to contact the local police department by dialing 911.
What Do I Need to Have Ready for the Arrangement Conference?
We will need some information to complete necessary documents and the obituary. This information will include the following, if applicable:
- Full name of the deceased
- Date and place of birth
- Father’s name and birthplace
- Mother’s name, with maiden name, and birthplace
- Spouse’s name (if wife, their maiden name)
- Spouse’s birth date
- Date and location of marriage
- Social Security numbers (deceased’s and spouse’s, if applicable)
- Last known occupation
- Military record
- Survivors and predeceased family members
- Club/organization memberships
We will also take this opportunity to explain your options and discuss your preferences on the funeral ceremony, including if you would like a visitation, church and cemetery services, merchandise selections, music, pallbearers and also flowers and memorial luncheons.
What Personal Items of the Deceased will you Need?
We will need a recent photograph in order for us to see the facial features, style the hair and apply makeup. We will also need a complete set of clothing, as well as any accessories you would like them to have on; such as eyeglasses, jewelry, rosary, medals, etc.
Who Else Do I Need to Contact?
There are many people who need to be contacted and everyone has their own individual list. We have put together a short list that should help you get thinking about some of the people that you may need to contact.
- Executor of Estate
- Clubs and organizations the deceased belongs to (we will also contact local organizations on your behalf)
- Insurance agent and accountant
We are available to answer all of your questions and address your concerns. Please do not hesitate to give us a call at (773) 767.2166 or (708) 839.8999 or email us if you are in need of our assistance.