Pre-planning is the act of making your funeral and/or cemetery arrangements in advance. This gives the family the opportunity to express their wishes and feelings openly on a personal and important matter. These plans may be as simple or as elaborate as you choose, while providing peace of mind for everyone involved.
A carefully pre-planned service can be the most comforting to your family, as it spares them from having to face decisions that are emotionally difficult at the time of your death. The best way to plan for the future is by making calm, informed decisions with a funeral director, taking time to review your options. Planning in advance makes financial sense, and helps you protect and prepare the people you care about most.
You and your family must make many decisions and gather numerous facts and documents when a death occurs. We realize this is a very difficult time and want you to know we are here to help. We hope the following information is helpful as you take care of your loved one's final arrangements.
Most people do not know what to do when a death occurs. Our tips below will assist you when you need help the most:
When a death occurs in a care facility, such as a hospital, hospice facility, or nursing home, the professional staff will notify you and the necessary authorities. In other situations, such as when a death occurs at home, you should immediately contact 911, police and emergency medical personnel will then determine the appropriate steps to take.
Call or contact other family members and friends. Call clergy or other spiritual advisors.
One of the first phone calls you will need to make is to the funeral home you will entrust with the care of your loved one. This first call to the funeral home lets the funeral arranger know that a death has occurred. We will gather information to be able to transport your loved one to the funeral home. The funeral arranger may ask you several questions, including whether your loved one made any pre-arrangements. A time will be set up to discuss personal, detailed arrangements.
The following checklist will help you remember what information about the decedent and items will be needed when meeting with a funeral arranger: