What To Do When a Death Occurs


When a death occurs in your family, you will be faced with important tasks and decision-making during a very difficult time. You may not know what to do or when to begin making arrangements. Bearing the responsibility can be overwhelming. Remember that you are not alone.

The Gundrum Service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist you with the details and offer our guidance. We have compiled the following list to help guide you through the arrangements. Your funeral director will help coordinate all of the details when you meet for an arrangement conference.

Information Needed for the Arrangement Conference

  • Full, legal name of the deceased
  • Social Security Number
  • Legal marital status/spouse's name
  • Parents' names, including mother's birth name
  • Date and city of birth
  • Information about the deceased's education
  • Employment information
  • Veteran's discharge papers, if applicable
  • Cemetery lot information, if applicable
  • Consider clothing for the deceased

Personalization

Once you've given thought to the unique life and personality of the person who died, you may incorporate those memories into the funeral plan. Be creative as you, together with your family, friends, funeral director, brainstorm how to remember and honor this special person.

  • Photo slideshow
  • Donations to a charity
  • Accomplishments/recognitions
  • Eulogy
  • Music
  • Display personal items or hobby paraphernalia during the visitation
  • Photo collage
  • Flowers

It may be helpful to make a list of the following:

  • Special memories to share
  • People to include ie:readers, eulogist, etc.
  • Attributes or passions
  • Achievements

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