Notification of the Proper Authorities

What Should I Do?

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.  The funeral director is an experience professional who can provide information and guidance.

Next, you should call or contact other family members, friends and spiritual advisors.

First Call to Funeral Home

The first call to the funeral home lets the funeral director know that a death has occurred.  While you may ask the
director questions at this time, you will be able to discuss the arrangements in detail later.  During the initial call, the
funeral arranger will gather information to be able to transport your loved one to the funeral home.  The funeral
arranger may ask for directions to your home, so that residence can be set up for friends to call.

Making Arrangements
When you visit the funeral home, the funeral director will provide you with price list and guide you through the entire
arrangement process, explaining how you can create a memorable personal celebration of your loved one’s life.  
The arrangement process should include preparing and filing the official death certificate; scheduling the location,
date and time of services and events; selecting a casket, urn or other items; preparing an obituary notice; scheduling
vehicles; and selecting pallbearers.  

The following checklist will help you remember what information about the decedent and items will be needed when
meeting with the funeral director.

  • Full legal name
  • Home address
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Father’s Name
  • Mother’s name (Maiden name)
  • Surviving Spouse’s name (If wife, give name prior to first marriage)
  • Informant’s name, relationship and mailing address
  • Veteran’s discharge papers
  • Recent photograph
  • Highest education
  • Occupation
  • Place of burial
  • Clothing
  • Clergy name and phone number
  • Survivor’s name and relationship
  • Insurance policies (if applicable)

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