It Hurts. We're Here to Help.
The finality of death can seem overwhelming, but you are not alone. We chose our profession because we can help you address practicalities and logistics while still supporting your vision for celebrating a special person. We have no "one size fits all" mentality at Imes.
Below is some information to get you started, but please contact us any time if we can assist.
Just After Death
If your loved one dies in a healthcare facility, staff there will notify the proper authorities, including the funeral home, if known.
If your family member dies at home or somewhere else that isn’t a healthcare facility, these are usually the first steps:
- Call the paramedics, who will confirm death and complete legalities so your loved one can be taken into funeral care. They may also ask how to contact the person's primary physician or hospice.
- Contact the funeral home or crematory of your choice, which will be on standby until the legalities are complete.
Wherever death occurs, emergency and medical personnel will help you with obtaining a death certificate and any other necessary paperwork.
We are here to support you. If you’re not sure what to do next, call us any time.
The Next Few Days
You’ll want to notify family and friends, through some combination of personal contacts, social media notices and a death notice or obituary. If this process is too painful, a trusted family member or friend can help.
Meanwhile, you can review any plans, instructions or wishes, and meet with a funeral director to begin planning. If your loved one did not make arrangements, however, or plans were incomplete, you might want to start thinking about the major choices, such as:
- Burial or cremation
- If burial, the type of casket
- If burial, the final resting place
- If cremation, the type of urn(s) and how many
- If cremation, the location(s) for burial or scattering of ashes
- Any religious services, and choices of clergy or spiritual leaders
- The types of services, such as a viewing, service, graveside memorial, etc.
We can help you think through your choices, and you don't need to know the answers right away. Don’t hesitate to contact us; we're here to make this process easier.
Planning & Arrangements
First and foremost, we'll invite you to share your loved one's life story, revisit memories, and highlight accomplishments. We will also ask about your ideas for how you want to say goodbye. This information will support a personalized, meaningful celebration of your loved one's life.
The general price list that we provide will help you consider options.
Steps that we support in the process may include:
- Preparing and filing the official death certificate
- Scheduling the services and events
- Selecting a casket, urn, or other items
- Drafting an obituary
- Arranging transportation
- Selecting pallbearers
The following information about your loved one will help.
- Full legal name and home address
- Social Security number
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Father's name
- Mother's maiden name
- Veteran's discharge papers (DD-214), if applicable
- Highest education
- Information about the burial location if applicable
- Clergy name and phone number if applicable
- Names and relationships of survivors
- Insurance policy information, if using toward funeral expenses
Please also bring a recent photograph and any clothing you would like us to use.
Remember, we are here to support you through more than legalities and logistics. Having lived in this area for generations, we can help you identify any other resources that you might need. Please let us know.
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