When A Death Occurs

There is an order of things that need to be done when a death occurs. The order is based on where it happens. Always remember to bring a friend for help because you will be in a heightened emotional state upon the death of a loved one.

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At Home or at Work

When a death occurs at home or in the office, a member of the family or a co-worker should contact emergency personnel and the person's physician. If the death occurs at home with friends and family present, under a physicians care, you will want to call us directly.

If the death occurred in a residence and no one is there at the time of death, the police will need to be notified and go to the residence before the deceased is removed from their home.

If you have no idea who to call you may call us and we can assist you in calling the proper agencies.

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While Under Supervised Care

When a death occurs in a care facility, such as a nursing home and a hospital, the professional staff will notify you and the necessary authorities. If the name of the funeral home has been left with staff, the institution will notify us at the time of the death. The funeral director will contact you immediately following their notification to help how should you proceed. 

If a loved one was in the hospice program, a hospice representative will give family members procedures and instructions to follow. The medical examiner will be notified by hospice. After that hospice will contact the funeral home. It is always a smart idea for the family to contact us as soon as possible so that we will be aware of a call from hospice. 

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Widening the Circle

Our staff members at Allnutt, are experienced professionals who can provide information, emotional support and guidance.

While you certainly may ask the director any question at this time, you will be able to talk about the arrangements in detail later when you meet in person.

The funeral director may ask you some questions, including whether your loved one made any pre-arrangements. The director will also schedule a date and time for you to meet at the funeral home and will let you know what documents you should bring with you. Others you will need to call are:

- Family members and friends and co-workers

- Clergy or pastors

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Important Questions

If there is no pre-plan in place, there are several other questions that you may have to have answered in regards to the death of your loved one:

- Do I have to have embalming?

- Do I need to purchase a casket?

- What about cemetery arrangements?

- Does the family have to engage the services of a minister?

- What type of service should we have?

By contacting our staff, we'll be able to help answer your questions and assist in making the appropriate plans for you and your family. 

However, as we’ve said before, one of the best ways to make sure that all of your questions and desires are taken care of is to make pre-arrangements. This is as simple as outlining your wishes and wills to having all of the details written down and the financial arrangements prepaid and ready to go. Please contact one of our Allnutt staff to learn more about pre-arrangement.

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What to Expect When You Arrive 

We will provide you with a general price list. Our director will then guide you thorough the entire arrangement process. Giving you insight on how you can create a memorable celebration o your loved ones's life. This is not a one-way conversation. We want to hear your thoughts and use them for the arrangement process. 

This process may include:

- Preparing and filing the official death certificate

- Scheduling the location, date and time of services or events

- Selecting a casket, urn or other items

- Preparing an obituary notice

- Scheduling vehicles

- Selecting pallbearers

You may also sign necessary authorizations or make arrangements to have them signed by the appropriate family members.

Allnutt would like you to bring any favorite memorabilia, photos, and favorite songs. This will help us create a truly unique memorial service. 

Our arrangers will help you in planning a sweet tribute that captures the spirit of the person's life you wish to honor. The funeral arranger will discuss customization with you during your arrangement conference. 

The following checklist will help you remember what information about your loved one and items will be needed when meeting with a funeral arranger.

- Full legal name- Home address

- Social Security number

- Date of birth

- Place of birth

- Father's name

- Mother's maiden name

- Veteran's discharge papers (DD-214)

- Recent Photograph

- Highest education

- Occupation

- Place of burial (if applicable)

- Clothing

- Clergy name and phone number

- Survivors (name and relationship)

- Insurance policies (if applicable)

A staff member of Allnutt Funeral Service will be honored to explain all of the options available to you.