Someone’s loved one dies every day of the year. When you suffer a loss, it’s good to understand how the process of planning a funeral works. Being comfortable calling your local funeral home and deciding begins with being educated. Then making that phone call to arrange funeral services Hunterdon County NJ is less stressful and much easier to complete.
Steps the Family Needs to Take After the Death of a Loved One
1) If the loved one dies at home, the first step is to get a medical professional to give a legal pronouncement of death. If the person is under home hospice care, the hospice nurse can make that pronouncement. If the person has a do-not-resuscitate document, the hospital that receives the body will have a doctor to make the pronouncement of death.
2) Have the body transported to the mortuary or the crematorium.
3) Notify close the deceased’s doctor, his family and friends. If the deceased has dependents or pets, see to their care and find the best family member suited to be a guardian.
4) Notify deceased’s employer and get information about death benefits provided by the company.
5) Search the deceased’s records to find life policies he or she had in place.
Working with the Funeral Home
Before the body can be transported to the funeral home or crematorium, the person’s in charge should find out if the deceased was a registered organ donor. If so before the body is removed from life support, the organs must be harvested by transplant surgeons. An autopsy may need to be performed, before the body is released to the mortuary.
Once the body has been released from the hospital, the funeral home’s mortuary can pick up the body. At that point, the survivor will need to make some arrangements. If the end-of-life wishes of the deceased are already known, it is easier to proceed with the funeral arrangements.
The Responsibilities of the Funeral Home
• Completing the death certificate is the responsibility of the hospital or medical professional overseeing the deceased, but it is also shared by the funeral director.
• The Funeral director will seek to obtain Social Security and veteran’s benefits at the death of the deceased.
• The funeral home will provide the newspapers’ obituary department with a death notification approved by the family.
• The Funeral director will also facilitate the transfer of funds to survivors for all monies associated with life insurance, annuities and pensions.
• The funeral home must reveal in a “Statement of Goods and Services” all the prices of anything that may be provided for the last rites of the deceased.
• The funeral home will prepare the body for viewing in the casket-this includes embalming and cleaning of the body of blood and other bodily fluids with antibacterial soap. It may also include makeup to refresh the body’s appearance.
• The funeral home will cremate the body if that is the preferred end-of-life process.
• The funeral home will host the memorial or the viewing before the burial. They will receive the flowers and other decorations, as well as transport them between the viewing or the memorial and the cemetery.
• Finally, the funeral home will organize the interaction between the church and the time and date of the ceremony. They will officiate over the ceremony and organize the burial process including the prayers, speeches and rituals that are presented at the burial site.
Losing a loved one is a very emotional tragedy. Fortunately, the funeral services provided by most of the local funeral homes are designed to alleviate the stress of those last rites. They offer a great deal of help in finalizing the affairs of the loved one and they really help the survivor gather essential financial information to help settle those final affairs.