What To Do When Death Occurs
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- Contact the Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service as soon as a death has occurred. A time will be set up with the funeral director to make arrangements. The funeral home will help coordinate arrangements with the cemetery, church, clergy and others. Please bring the following items to the arrangement conference.
- Clothing you wish to use, including underclothing. (Garments may be purchased at the funeral home).
- Shoes may or may not be used (this is left to the discretion of the family)
- Jewelry (Please note what jewelry is to be removed prior to burial)
- Cosmetics (Ladies may appear more natural with their own cosmetics)
- Photographs are useful in the preparation for visitation. They are may also be used in newspaper obituaries and other printed materials.
- Insurance policies
- Biographical information including maiden names of spouses and parents, as well as where relatives reside.
- The funeral home will assist you in determining the number of copies of the death certificates you will need and we will get these for you. You will need to be able to provide the following information to complete the State of Indiana death certificate.
- Birth Date
- Birthplace - City and State
- Father's Name
- Mother's Name (including maiden)
- Social Security Number
- Veteran Information particularly the Military Discharge (DD214)
- Education Level
- Marital Status
- Make a list of immediate family, close friends and employer or business colleagues. Notify each by phone.
- Decide on appropriate memorial to which gifts may be made (church, hospice, United Way agency, Community Foundation, library, charity or school) if desired.
- Gather obituary information, including age, place of birth, occupation, college degrees, memberships held, military service , outstanding work , list of survivors in immediate family. Give time and place of services. The funeral home will normally write the article and submit it to newspapers. Please be aware that most local newspapers now charge for this service.
- Prepare a list of insurance companies, to include name of company and policy number. Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service will assist in filing the claim for insurance proceeds. The proceeds will be sent directly to you, unless you wish to do an insurance assignment for the funeral charges. Let us help you, it is our job and you have enough to do.
- Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service will notify Social Security for you. In a week or so, check with Social Security to see that number is retired. **The $255 dollar death benefit is payable ONLY if there is a surviving spouse, or a child under 18 or a disabled child.
- If Social Security checks are automatic deposit, notify the bank of the death.
- Consider special needs of the household, such as cleaning or shopping for items such as trash bags or paper goods, which might be done by friends.
- Arrange for childcare, if necessary.
- Arrange hospitality for visiting relatives and friends.
- Select pallbearers and notify the funeral home.
- Plan for disposition of flowers after funeral. We will deliver all potted plants to the home, and normally all cut flower arrangements are left at the graveside and the cards are delivered to the family.
- Prepare list of distant persons to be notified by letter and/or printed notice, and decide which to send to each.
- Send appropriate acknowledgments to those who sent flowers, brought food, or gave their time to be of service (can be written note, printed acknowledgments, or some of each). Acknowledgement cards may be purchased at the arrangement conference. It is not necessary to send an acknowledgement card to every person who signed the register. You may if you wish, but people do not expect to be acknowledged for simply signing the registry. They don't want to cause an added burden.
- Locate the will and notify the lawyer and executor.
- Check carefully all life and casualty insurance and death benefits, including Social Security, credit union, trade union, fraternal, and military. Check also on income for survivors from these sources.
- Check promptly on all debts and installment payments, including credit cards. Some may carry insurance clauses that will cancel them. If there is to be a delay in meeting payments, consult with creditors and ask for more time before the payments are due.
- If deceased was living alone, notify utilities and landlord and tell post office where to send mail.
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