When a death occurs, it may be a difficult time to make decisions or to know how to proceed at all. Our recommendation is to contact a trusted friend who can support you and help you make sure you take the necessary next steps.
At Home or at Work
If a death occurs at home or in the workplace, you should immediately contact emergency personnel. If the deceased was under the care of a physician, they should be contacted at this time as well.
If you find yourself in a situation where you do not know who to contact, please contact us and we will help point you in the right direction with the proper agencies to contact.
While Under Supervised Care
If a death occurs in a supervised care facility, the staff will contact the necessary parties. The facility will also contact the preferred funeral home of the deceased, if this information had been given to them. Once contacted, the funeral director will contact you immediately with the next steps. If you do not hear from a funeral home, we recommended you contact them directly.
If a death occurs in a hospice situation, the staff member will provide you with instructions on the next steps. The medical examiner and funeral home will be notified by hospice.
The Next Steps
Our staff is always available for guidance, support, and information.
During your initial conversation with the funeral director, we will first need to gather information in order to transport your loved one to our facility. Next, you will answer questions about any knowledge of pre-arrangements, and preferred time to meet at the funeral home to discuss the next steps.
It is also worth mentioning that this is an appropriate time to inform family members, friends, or any religious or spiritual advisors of the passing.
If there was no pre-planned arrangement, there will be a few questions that will need decisions:
- Burial or cremation?
- Do I have to have embalming?
- What do I need to purchase?
- Cemetery arrangements?
- How do I set up a funeral?
- What type of service should I have?
Please contact us for guidance and assistance in your options and how to answer these questions.
What to Expect
When you arrive at the funeral home to plan to funeral service, you will be given a price list. The funeral director will guide you through your options for service and arrangements. We are certainly open to your desires, wishes, and thoughts about style of arrangements.
This process may include:
- Preparing and filing the official death certificate
- Scheduling the location, date and time of services or events
- Selecting a casket, urn or other items
- Preparing an obituary notice
- Scheduling vehicles
- Selecting pallbearers
At this time you may be required to sign any necessary authorizations in order to make arrangements on behalf of the loved one.
We recommended bringing along a few items of personal value to the deceased, so that we can get an understanding of their personality and help you create a service fitting to them to the best of our ability. We are honored to help you plan any personalized memorials, tributes, and services.
The following checklist will help you remember what information about the decedent and items will be needed when meeting with our 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 education
- Place of burial (if applicable)
- Clergy name and phone number
- Survivors (name and relationship)
- Insurance policies (if applicable)
A staff member of Rose Hill Funeral Home & Memorial Park will be honored to explain all of the options available to you and support you through this trying time.