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There can be as many as 200 tasks when planning a funeral. Many of them are listed below. After meeting with you at a private consultation, our Funeral Director will coordinate many of these for you and assist you in completing others.

Obtain the signature of the attending physician, coroner or medical examiner on the required certificate; file the certificate with the registrar of vital statistics where the death occurred
Make arrangements for and transfer the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home
(local or out of town)
Procure the burial permit and file with the cemetery
Order and schedule the delivery of all products/merchandise
Ensure compliance with government regulators
Arrange for family transportation, to and from the service
Obtain certified copies of the death certificate
Obtain family history information for the obituary and other announcements
Compose and submit newspaper and other media notices
Complete social security papers and secure social security benefits
Secure Veterans benefits (if applicable)
Secure life insurance benefits (if applicable)
Contact insurance agents
Complete accounting, clerical and filing work
Ensure compliance with government regulators

Select and contact a funeral home
Make an appointment to meet with the funeral director
Notify family members, friends, and business associates
Gather information that will be included in the obituary
Answer telephone calls
Notify organizations in which your loved one participated
Purchase acknowledgment cards, register books, memorial folders, etc.
Purchase a door wreath & flowers
Review the loved one’s personal end of life documents (will, trusts, insurance, financial, etc)
Complete social security papers and secure social security benefits
Secure Veterans benefits (if applicable)
Secure life insurance benefits (if applicable)

Funeral directors are caregivers, advisors, and administrators. They make the arrangements for the transportation of the body, complete all necessary paperwork, and carry out the wishes of the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the body. They have experience assisting the bereaved in coping with death, are trained to answer questions about grief, and can recommend sources of professional help.

Family, close friends, co-workers, fellow worshippers, neighbors & acquaintances, and in some cases, the greater community.

The cost of a funeral includes all the services of a funeral director and the funeral home staff, transportation, merchandise, such as caskets and urns, and other services and fees associated with the funeral or memorial service. In general, funeral homes make only a modest profit. We have included our General Price List on our web site for your convenience.

In addition to family, there are veteran, union, and other organizations that provide benefits to pay for funerals. In some cases this may include, a lump sum death payment from Social Security. In most states, some form of public aid allowance is available from the state, county, or city. Sometimes these allowances can be combined. Most funeral directors are aware of the various benefits and know how to obtain them.

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