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When a Death Occurs

Handling the death of a loved one is never an easy task. We are here to help you. Remember that, as you begin to cope with your loss, it's often a good idea to enlist the help and support of a trusted friend 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'd be honored to guide you through this information in more detail and answer your questions. Don't hesitate to contact us for anything you might need.

 

What to Expect When You Meet With Us

When you meet with us to discuss your arrangements, we'll first provide you with a general price list to give you a basic idea of what our services cost. We'll then guide 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, share your loved one's life story, memories and highlight their accomplishments.

This process may include:

  • Gathering statistical information for vital records
  • Planning celebration, memorial, or funeral services
  • Selecting merchandise
  • Drafting an obituary


To help express your loved one's personality and life story, feel free to bring any photos or treasured items - that might give us a better understanding of how you envision paying tribute to your loved one. Even if you're not sure how a particular aspect of their life might be incorporated, don't hesitate to ask; we can often make unique suggestions on a way to add that element as a special touch to their service.

We'd like to make this process as smooth and relaxed for you as we can, and 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 to discuss your arrangements:

  • 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
  • Occupation
  • Chosen place of burial, if applicable
  • Clergy name and phone number, if applicable
  • Names and relationships of survivors
  • Life insurance policy information, if applicable


**Please also bring a recent photograph and any clothing you'd like us to use.**