When Death Occurs

The funeral home will help coordinate arrangements with your church, clergy, and cemetery.  We will also help make veteran arrangements.

  • Bring the following information to complete the State vital statistic requirements:
    • Birth Date
    • Birthplace
    • Father's Name
    • Mother's Maiden Name
    • Social Security Number
    • Veteran's Discharge or Claim Number (DD214)
    • Education
    • Marital Status
  • Decide on time and place of funeral or memorial service.  You may contact your clergy, or we can handle this for you. This can be done at the funeral home.
  • The funeral home will assist you in determining the number of copies of the death certificates you will be needing and can order them for you.
  • Make a list of immediate family, close friends and employer or business colleagues. Notify each by phone.
  • Decide on appropriate memorial to which gifts may be made (church, hospice, library, charity or school).
  • Gather obituary information you want to include such as age, place of birth, cause of death, occupation, college degrees, memberships held, military service , outstanding work, list of survivors in immediate family. Include time and place of services. The funeral home will help write the obituary and submit to newspapers.
  • Arrange for members of family or close friends to take turns answering door or phone, keeping careful record of calls.
  • Social Security will automatically be notified once the death certificate is filed.


In this section

When Death Occurs

Frequent Questions

Grief Support

Social Security Benefits

Area Lodging

Memorial Luncheon

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