July 8th, 2011
When an unexpected death occurs, the family and loved ones are caught off guard. Not knowing what to do or where to turn can fuel the fire of grief and confusion. We have accumulated critical information for the families that are dealing with the passing of a loved one, to help you through the process.
An unexpected death brings uncertainty and often requires an autopsy to determine the cause of death. When an autopsy is preformed, it will usually take place on the same day or the day after.
Viewing the body of the deceased before an autopsy may be possible in certain circumstances, yet there are times when the family is not able to until after the autopsy has taken place for forensic purposes. If this is the case, the body will be released to the funeral home after the autopsy.
While this process can be frustrating, it is a necessary action that needs to take place in the event of an unexpected death. Take comfort in knowing that the funeral home and funeral director will work through this process with you to help heal the pain and sadness during this difficult time.
July 6th, 2011
When a loved one dies, life suddenly becomes very confusing and frustrating. On top of the grief, emotions and sadness, you now are in the process of planning and arranging a funeral service. This time may be extremely overwhelming, and often times many issues might be overlooked because of the rush.
We are here to help. We have outlined a few topics that are very important when it comes to a sudden death by the way of automobile accidents.
When a fatality has occurred in a car accident, an incident report is created by officials. It will contain very important information.
Some of the details included will be:
- Case Number
- Date and Time of Incident
- Name of Information of the Investigating Officer
- Officer notifying family members
- Coroner’s Information
- The location of the deceased
- Police hold and location of vehicle
You will be given information about the location of your loved one. Depending on the severity of the situation, there are different routes that might be taken.
Typically the body is transported to the coroner who was at the scene. If an autopsy is necessary, the body of the deceased may be transported to a pathologist.
If an autopsy is necessary, the coroner or county attorney will be able to make arrangements for the family members to view the deceased body before the autopsy. Once the arrangements and autopsy are preformed, the body is then transported to the funeral home.
When dealing with an automobile accident, the vehicle will probably contain personal belongings. The towing company can remove them for you, or a family member might be able to retrieve them. If law enforcement has put a hold on the vehicle, there might be a delay in the process.
Continue reading “How to Handle an Automobile Casualty” »
July 4th, 2011
Funeral Music has a natural way of reaching deep into our unconscious and provide the rich opportunity for healing, while accessing unspoken words, thoughts and feelings. It has a way of soothing and comforting someone in grief, stimulating pleasant memories of time shared with the departed person.
There are no rules for funeral music.
Different cultures and religions call for different types and styles of music. However, the music needs to reflect the departed character. Beautiful hymns, classical music, Celtic Aires, country classics or lullabies are the most popular styles. If you are having trouble choosing the right music, here is a list of some of the most used songs for funeral and memorial services. Funeral music works as a gathering and closing in the funeral or memorial service. It sets the time and structure for the ceremony.
Popular Funeral Music
Amazing Grace – Elvis Presley
The Prayer - Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli
Candle in The Wind - Elton John
Con Te Partiro/Time to Say Goodbye – Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
I Am Your Child – Barry Manilow
Remember When – Alan Jackson
Over The Rainbow – Eva Cassidy
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Middler
Continue reading “Funeral Music and Why It Is Important” »
July 2nd, 2011
A great sense of grief and loss occurs over the death of a loved one, whether that death is sudden or expected. Experiencing an expected death doesn’t make things easier, but it does generally make the planning for the funeral less difficult.
The list of responsibilities and decisions when someone dies is large and can be overwhelming, but often times when a death is expected, the decedent may have had time to make their own wishes known, either vocally or in writing though a pre-planned will or estate; thus making it easier for the family.
Once the family has chosen a funeral Home, the funeral director will help you plan the arrangements for the service.
They will need basic information about the deceased and the family; working with you to ensure a beautiful and respectful service to honor your loved one.
June 30th, 2011
What is a Green Burial?
A green, natural or eco-burial is a burial that allows the body and the burial grounds to stay as natural as possible. No embalming, concrete vaults, or toxins are used. Bio-degradable caskets, shrouds or blankets are used instead of traditional caskets, urns or vaults.
What is the Importance of a Green Burial?
Green Burials cause minimal environmental impact. In nature everything is recycled, there is no waste. Green burials are both an earth friendly, and less expensive option.
Is Cremation Considered Green?
A green burial is often an alternative to cremation. Cremation, however is more environmentally friendly than traditional burials. Using a bio-degradable urn is a good option if you’re considering a green cremation.
Modern crematoriums have made significant reductions in emissions through out the years, making cremation a safe choice.
What are the Costs of a Green Funeral?
The average price for a green burial ranges from $1,000 – $4,000, which usually includes the burial plot, opening and closing of the grave, grave marker and maintenance fee.
Continue reading “Planning a Green Burial” »
June 24th, 2011
The first step you need to make when you are confronted with such a terrible situation is to contact the authorities.
- Paramedics will arrive at the home to evaluate the situation and decide whether to transfer your loved one to the hospital or funeral home.
- Depending on whether the death was an act of violence or natural death, the police may be involved.
- If an autopsy is required, the coroner or medical examiner will discuss the details with you. Procedures for this process vary by state and county. More information about autopsies can be found on the American Autopsies website.
Once officials have determined the cause of death, the body will be transported to the funeral home chosen by the family.
Funeral Directors are a blessing to the family in grief; offering help in the planning and coordinating of the funeral service. They will need personal information about the decedent including:
- Date of birth
- Phone number
- Name’s of immediate family members
- Social security number.
Your funeral director will be able to walk you through the funeral service process.
June 19th, 2011
This is generally not one of the first things that someone in mourning will think of. In many cases the family and and friends do not want their loved one’s profile on Facebook floating around in cyberspace. In this article we will walk you through the process of deleting, memorializing, or deactivating their profile.
Memorializing Your Loved One On Facebook
If you wish to memorialize the account you will be required to fill out a form that has information with their name, date of birth, email address associated with the account, and proof of death. Proof of death can be an obituary or newspaper article. (Find the form here.)
Memorializing the account removes some of the more sensitive information like status updates and restricts access to the confirmed “friends” only.
Deleting Your Loved Ones Facebook
If the family decides it would be best to delete the Facebook account completely this can be done by simply removing the account so that no one can view it. (If account is removed – Facebook will not restore the account or provide any information about it unless required to do so by law)
If you have any other questions or concerns regarding Facebook accounts, refer to the “Help” section of Facebook.
June 15th, 2011
When a loved one dies, the family and friends of the deceased are left planning a funeral service in a time of grief and confusion. This article is here to help, and guide you through the steps needed during this difficult time.
Who To Notify After a Death:
Family Members - Spouse, parents, siblings, children, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends should be notified first. *tip* It might be easiest to appoint certain people to do the calling to help lessen the load.
Insurance Companies - auto, home and life insurance companies, as well as any others the deceased might be associated with.
Employers – If your loved one was working, you’ll need to call his or her employer immediately. You will also want to ask about:
- Deceased benefits and any pay due, including: vacation, sick time, disability income, etc.
- If you or other dependents are still eligible for benefit coverage through the company.
- Whether there is a life insurance policy through the employer, who the beneficiary is and how to file a claim.
Continue reading “What To Do When A Loved One Dies” »
May 18th, 2011
Planning a funeral during a time of grief can be a complicated and frustrating process. The family is left to make many decisions and arrangements for the services that will honor their loved one. Choosing a Funeral Home for the service to take place is the first step.
When choosing a Funeral Home there are several different factors to take into consideration, including:
- Funeral Costs
- Family and Religious Traditions
- Type of Funeral
Funeral Services are influenced by religious, cultural and family traditions along with costs and personal preferences. Every family has their own vision and expectation as to how to honor their loved one. These preferences will help to determine whether the funeral will be religious or secular, public or private, simple or elaborate, open or closed casket and whether the remains will be cremated or buried.
Funeral Directors can help make the process less complicated and more relaxing during this time of healing and closure.
What Does a Funeral Director Do?
- Provides transportation of the deceased to the funeral home from – the hospital, nursing home, hospice house, residence, etc
- Helps notify proper authorities, family and relatives
- Secures necessary permits and death certificates that your town or state requires
- Gathers information and preparing death certificate
- Prepares and submits obituary to local newspapers
- Works with Insurance agents, Social Security or Veteran’s Administrators
- Prepares the body for burial or cremation
- Assists the family with funeral arrangements and purchase of the casket/urn, sympathy flowers arrangements, burial vault and cemetery plot and other aspects of the funeral service
- Schedules the funeral service and the opening and closing of the grave with the cemetery personnel
- Coordinates all the details with clergy including readings and music
- Arranges police escort and transportation to the cemetery for the family prior to, during, and after the funeral
- Works with the family to create personal and creative elements in the ceremony to both honor and celebrate the your loved one’s life.
- Provides Grief assistance and counseling for the family
Continue reading “What to Expect From Your Funeral Director” »