When A Death happens
When a death happens, there is an order in which things need to be done. This order depends on where the death occurred. But, one thing should always be remembered: you may have an unstable emotional state upon the death of a loved one. This is why we suggest that you ask a close friend or a worker for help.
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At Work or at Home
Wen a death occurs in the workplace or at home, a member of the family or co-worker should contact emergency services and the person's doctor. If they pass away at home with loved ones present, ant the person is under doctor's care, the family will want to let us know directly.
However, if the death occurs in a residence and no one is present at the time of death. The police will need to be notified and they will have to respond to the deceased before is it removed from the home.
If in any case you are not sure of who to notify or what to do, you may call (970) 667-0202, and we'll assist you in notifying the proper agencies.
While Under Supervised Care
When a death occurs in a care facility, such as a hospice or nursing home program, the professional staff will let you know about the necessary authorities. If the name of the funeral home has been given to them, the facility will notify the funeral home at the time of death. The funeral director will contact you, following their notification.
If your loved on was in the care of a hospice program, a representative of hospice will give family members instructions and procedures to follow. The medical/coroner examiner will be notified by hospice. Following the release, hospice will contact the funeral home. To help us out the most is to have a family member call us after a passing so that we can prepare for a hospice call.
Widening the Circle
Our highly experienced professionals and staff members can provide much o the information you guys need, compassionate guidance and emotional support.
While you can ask our Resthaven director any questions, you will be able to discuss the arrangements when you meet in person. During the first call, the director will gather information to be able to transport your loved one to the funeral home.
The director may ask you multiple questions such as if you loved one made any arrangements before hand. The director will also schedule a time and date for you to met at the funeral home and we'll let you know what exactly you should bring. Other people to call are:
- Loved ones such as friends and family
- Spiritual advisors or Clergy
Those Important Questions
If there is no plan in place, there are other questions that you may have to have answered in regards to the passsing of your loved one:
- Do I need to have embalming?
- Do I want to purchase a casket?
- What cemetery arrangements are we planning for?
- Does the family have to engage the services of a religious minister?
- What type of service is open to us?
By contacting our staff at Resthaven, we'll be able to help answer your questions and assist in making the appropriate plans. You can reach us at (970) 667-0202.
However, as we’ve said before, one of the recommended ways to make sure that all of your questions and desires are taken care of is to make pre-arrangements. This is as easy as outlining your wishes to having all of the details written down and the financial arrangements prepaid for so you don't have to have you family do it. Please contact one of our staff at (970) 667-0202 to learn more about pre-arrangement.
What to Expect When You Arrive at the Funeral Home
The first thing a funeral arranger will do is give you a our price list. We then will guide you through the whole entire arrangement process. This is not a one-way conversation; we want to hear your ideas and thoughts.
This process may include:
- Preparing and filing the official death certificate
- Scheduling the location, date and time of services or events
- Selecting a casket, urn or other items
- Preparing an obituary notice
- Scheduling vehicles
- Selecting pallbearers
You may also sign necessary authorizations or make arrangements to have them signed by the appropriate family members.
We’d like you to bring any photos, a favorite song, or memorabilia so that you and your funeral arranger can better discuss how you would like your loved one to be remembered. Having these things, and knowing their favorite song or favorite gathering place – even their favorite activity – will help us create a truly fitting memorial service.
Our funeral arrangers will assist you in planning a loving tribute that captures the spirit of the person whose life you wish to honor. To learn more about personalizing the service, please read the Honoring Life section of this Web site. The funeral arranger will discuss personalization with you during your arrangement conference.
The following checklist will help you remember what information about the decedent and items will be needed when meeting with a funeral arranger.
- Full legal name- Home address
- Social Security number
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Father's name
- Mother's maiden name
- Veteran's discharge papers (DD-214)
- Recent Photograph
- Highest education
- Place of burial (if applicable)
- Clergy name and phone number
- Survivors (name and relationship)
- Insurance policies (if applicable)
A staff member of Resthaven Funeral Home & Memory Gardens will be honored to explain all of the options available to you.