Arrangements for services of the deceased generally can be made by a spouse, next of kin or legal representative.
The normal sequence of events for handling a death is as follows:
- Death must be pronounced by a coroner, medical examiner or attending physician.
- Contact funeral director.
- Contact relatives.
- Locate deceased's letter of direction, prepaid funeral contract, insurance policy and will.
- When a death occurs out of state or out of country, it is advisable that you immediately contact a funeral director in your local area who will know the requirements that must be met, as well as help prevent duplication of service costs.
Prior to making funeral arrangements, you will need to bring the following:
- Full name of deceased
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Social Security number
- Residence address
- Spouse's maiden name
- Father's name, mother's maiden name
- Place of burial or disposition
- Discharge papers, if veteran
- Items of clothing (including undergarments) to be used in dressing the deceased
- Insurance policies
- List of relatives as you would like for their names to appear in newspaper notices
- Photograph of deceased for newspaper notices