What to Bring
The following is a list of items you may need to bring with you to assist us in making arrangements of your loved one.
If no prearrangements have been filed with the funeral home, you may fill out the Arrangement Form in advance, or bring the following information with you:
- Accurate full legal name
- Date and place of birth
- Social Security number
- Spouse’s maiden name
- Current home address
- Highest level of education
- Employment history
- Father’s name
- Mother’s name, including maiden name
- List of survivors
- List of family members who preceded in death
Please bring with you:
- Cemetery information
- Prearrangements/Funeral wishes
- Life insurance policy information
- A photo for the obituary
- A recent photo for makeup and hairstyling
- Clothing for the deceased (include undergarments)
- Jewelry and glasses (may be removed prior to burial)
- Veteran’s discharge papers
We must have the legal next of kin or designated representative available to sign all documents unless they were signed by the deceased upon making prearrangements. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at any time.
The First 24 Hours
Your first 24 hours after a loved one dies are likely to be a rollercoaster of emotions. You may experience numbness, shock, anger, denial, fear, and overwhelming emotion if the death is sudden. If the death is expected, you may feel many of the same emotions, even if you thought you were prepared. All of these reactions are normal and simply your way of coping with the present reality.
Above and beyond the emotional trauma of the loss, in the first 24 hours you will experience a flurry of activity and decisions that must be made. Who do you call? Who do you ask for help? What do you do about funeral arrangements? Below are a few tips to help you get through the first 24 hours:
- Think of yourself as if you were in intensive care. Emotionally, you are in ICU. You need to let others come alongside you to help you through the next few days and weeks.
- Ask a trusted friend or family member to help you. This person can help contact friends and family, field phone calls, and come with you to the funeral home.
- Locate important documents. Locate life insurance policies, prearrangement documents, and military papers.
- Let yourself grieve. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. If you experience extreme grief throughout the next several days, weeks, and months, allow yourself to cry. Crying helps release tension, anger, and other intense emotions. Accept your emotions as they come.
- Schedule a meeting with your funeral director. If you have prearrangements, please bring all paperwork with you to the funeral home. If not, you may complete the Arrangement Form, which will help speed the arrangement process so that we can get you back to your family as soon as possible.