Funeral Planning: What to Do When Someone Dies

When a loved one passes away, surviving family members must make some important decisions immediately following their death. At Southern Cremations & Funerals at Cheatham Hill, we understand the difficulties families go through during this time, as they must complete of a number of tasks while mourning the loss of their loved one.

Use the following guidelines to determine what to do when someone dies, and consult our Survivor’s Checklist for more detailed information about what to do immediately following and in the months after a loved one’s death.

When a Loved One Passes – Contact a Licensed Funeral Provider

Immediately following a loved one’s death, contact a licensed funeral director. If your loved one has already preplanned their funeral, the funeral care provider will already have most of the information they need. If your loved one passes away in hospice care or in an assisted living facility, they will contact the funeral home directly and make arrangements for transporting the body. If your loved one passes away at home, work, or elsewhere, you will need to directly contact the funeral home, which will then make the necessary arrangements.

Your licensed funeral care provider will also help in securing the death certificate for your loved one. Ensure that you have all of your loved one’s personal information, such as date of birth, Social Security number, and address to help the funeral home complete the death certificate.

Who to Contact When a Loved One Dies

When a loved one passes away, you will need to first inform those closest to them, including family, friends, and their spiritual advisor. If you feel comfortable, ask these close friends and family members to help you with calling the necessary contacts, so that the responsibility of making calls doesn’t fall solely on you.

You should also identify the trustee or executor of the estate immediately following your loved one’s death, so that they may begin the proceedings of carrying out the deceased’s will. Ensure that the trustee has all of the necessary paperwork they may require, such as bills, tax documents, and the death certificate when it becomes available. Ensure that the Social Security Administration is also informed of your loved one’s death.

In addition to friends, family, and the trustee, you should also call your loved one’s employer, if they were employed, as well as their attorney, doctors, and any other important contacts.

Planning a Funeral with Southern Cremations & Funerals

To find expert assistance in funeral planning, contact the team at Southern Cremations & Funerals at Cheatham Hill. Our experienced team is ready to provide your family with the skillful and respectful care you deserve.