What do I do when a death occurs?
Most deaths occur in health care institutions such as hospitals and nursing homes. The staff of the health care facility will ask you which funeral home you wish called.
If death occurs at home and the patient is under care of a hospice organization, you should immediately contact your hospice nurse. The hospice nurse will follow the necessary and legal procedures. He or she will ask you which funeral director you want notified.
If death occurs outside of a health care institution or not under the care of a hospice organization, simply dial 911. The authorities will guide your next actions and will ask which funeral home you would wish called.
As well as removing the deceased and preparing them for final disposition, the funeral home can help you with:
- Obtaining death certificates
- Completing the relevant form for Social Security
- Completing the relevant forms for the Veterans Administration (if a veteran)
- Help in compiling and submitting the obituary information in local and out-of-town newspapers
- Making arrangements and conducting the funeral or memorial service
What do I need to bring to the funeral home when ready to make arrangements?
You will need to bring with you if available:
- The social security number of the deceased person
- Military service record or discharge summary form (DD214)
- Deed or information reference to the cemetery property you wish to use
- Insurance policies
- Any information, special requests, instructions, etc., left by the deceased
- Clothing including underclothing
- Photograph of deceased for newspaper and/or hairdresser
- Information you would like to include in the obituary
You will need the following information for the death certificate:
- Date and place of birth
- Father and Mother’s names (you will need the mother’s maiden name)
- Social Security Number
- Was the deceased a Veteran
- Level of Education
- Marital status
Some of the things you will need an original certified copy of the death certificate include:
- Life Insurance and benefit claims
- Title/Ownership transfers
- Access to bank accounts and safety deposit boxes
Photocopies may or may not work for some purposes.
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I have a pre arranged contract at another funeral home. Can I use J. B. Tallent Funeral Service & Crematory at my death?
Yes, the General Statutes allows for a change or substitution from the original funeral provider. Just because you funded with a particular funeral establishment does not mean you must use that provider at the time of the death. J. B. Tallent Funeral Service & Crematory will make sure whether it is before the time of death or when the death occurs that there is no loss in your policy amount.