When A Death Occurs
When a death occurs, the order in which things need to be done often depends on the location of death. Because of your emotional state at this time we suggest that you ask a friend for help. This provides someone who is more able to think clearly, and give you the support you need.
At work or home
When a death occurs at the workplace or home, a co-worker or family member should contact emergency personnel and the person's doctor to see if the person was in care. If the death occurs at home with family or friends present, and the person is under a physician's care, the family will want to call us directly so we can get the information we need as soon as possible.
However, if the death occurs at home and no one is there at the time of death, the police will need to be notified and respond to the residence before the deceased is removed from their home to make sure everything is okay.
If in any case you are not sure of who to notify or what to do, you may call us, and we'll assist you in notifying the the proper emergency agencies.
While Under Supervised Care
When a death occurs in a facility, such as a nursing home or hospital, the professional staff will notify the necessary authorities and you and your family. If the name of the funeral home has been left with them, the institution will let the funeral home know at the time of the death. The funeral director will contact you immediately following their notification to help you proceed with the necessary arrangements. (However, we suggest you contact the funeral home as soon as possible, so you've got the reassurance you need that all is taken care of properly.)
If a loved one was in the hospice program, a hospice representative will give family members instructions and procedures to follow. The coroner/medical examiner will be notified by hospice. Following their release the hospice will contact the preferred funeral home. It is always a good idea for the family to contact Allnutt immediately so that we will be aware of the pending call from hospice.
Widening the Circle
At Allnutt, our staff members are professionals who can provide as much information as you need, emotional guidance and support though this difficult time.
While you may ask the director any questions, you will be able to discuss the arrangements in detail later when you meet each other in person. During this initial call, the funeral director at Allnutt will gather information to be able to transport your loved one to the funeral home.
The funeral director may ask you a number of questions, including whether your loved one made any pre-arrangements. The director will also schedule a time and date for you to meet at the funeral home and will let you know what you should bring with you. Others you will need to call are:
- Family and Friends
- Clergy or other spiritual advisors such as a Pastor
If there is no pre-plan in place, there are 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?
- Do I have cemetery arrangements?
- Does the family have to enlist the services of a minister?
- What type of service should we have for your loved one?
By contacting our staff, Allnutt we'll be able to help answer your questions and assist in making the appropriate plans. You can reach us at .
However, as we’ve said before, one of the best ways to make sure that all of your questions are taken care of is to make pre-arrangements. This is as simple as outlining your wishes to having all of the details written down and the financial arrangements prepaid. Please contact one of our staff to learn more about pre-arrangement.
What to Expect When You Are at the Funeral Home
One of the first things the funeral arranger will do is to provide you with our general prices. The arranger will then guide you through the entire arrangement process, explaining how you can create a memorable celebration of your loved one's life. This is not us telling you what to do; we want to hear your ideas and desires, and use them as the foundation for the arrangements.
This process may include:
- Filing and preparing the official death certificate
- Scheduling the location, date and time of events and services
- Selecting a urn, casket, and other memorialization
- Preparing an obituary notice
- Scheduling types of vehicles
- Selecting pallbearers
You may also sign necessary authorizations or make arrangements to have them signed by the appropriate members of the family .
We’d like you to bring any photos, a favorite poem, or memorabilia so that you and your funeral arranger can better discuss how you would like your loved one to be remembered. Having these things, and knowing their favorite gathering place – even their favorite past time – will help us create a truly fitting memorial service.
Our funeral arrangers will help you in planning a loving tribute that captures the heart of the person whose life you wish to honor. To learn more about personalizing the service, please read the Honoring Life section of this Web site. The funeral arranger will discuss personalization with you during your arrangement conference.
The following checklist will help you remember what information about the decedent 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
- Place of burial (if applicable)
- 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.