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When Death Occurs

Immediately following the death of a loved one, there are many decisions that must be made. At this time, you may find your emotions are heightened, and for that reason it is a good idea to ask for help in making all the decisions and arrangements.

Additionally, the funeral home’s staff is eager to assist you and the family in making the best decisions possible.This information can help guide you and your family through the process.

Contact The Proper Authorities

Before any arrangements and decisions can be made, a legal pronouncement of death must be declared. If your loved one dies inside of a medical or nursing facility like a hospital or nursing home, the staff will handle getting this declaration made.

If your loved one dies at home, you need to immediately contact the local emergency officials to come and take them to a hospital where they can be legally declared dead. Family members who die under hospice care can be declared dead by the hospice staff.

This legal declaration must be made before the family can proceed with making any funeral arrangements or handling any legal affairs.

Begin To Make Arrangements

Once your loved one has been declared dead you and your family can proceed with making any type of funeral arrangements. Your loved one may have pre-planned any type of services, and you and your family should first look into those choices. If your loved one has not made any previous type of arrangements, and you have decided on which funeral home you would like to to use for the services, you will contact them and meet with the funeral director and begin discussing options.

During this time, if the deceased hasn’t made their final wishes known, the family will need to decide if they will bury or cremate the body, and what type of service should be held. These decisions include the time, date and location of any service; what type of casket or urn your loved one needs; drafting an obituary notice; deciding on pallbearers; and make any decisions about the specifics of the service like who the minister will be, what music will be played and who will speak.

As part of the process to begin making the funeral arrangements, if the deceased was active or retired military, contact the Veterans Administration to determine if they offer any death benefits or service options.

Information Funeral Directors May Need

Once you have met the funeral director, they will advise you on any information or paperwork they need for the death certificate or to proceed with making final arrangements.Information Required:

  • Full name and address

  • Marital status

  • Race/Ethnicity

  • Date and city of birth

  • Highest level of education

  • Father’s name, mother’s name

  • Name of spouse

  • Occupation and employer

Documents Funeral Directors May Need

Funeral directors will need important documents to complete any legal paperwork. These documents include:

  • Account statements

  • Beneficiary designations

  • Life insurance policies

  • Real estate deeds

  • Car and boat deeds

  • Stock and bond certificates

  • Prenuptial agreements

  • Post-Nuptial agreements

  • Loans and leases

  • Copies of bills

  • Last will

  • Tax returns

Taking Care Of Personal Property

Following the death of your loved one, there are few things you need to attend to involving the deceased’s personal life. First, secure your loved one’s property. Make sure their home and vehicle are properly secure. If your loved one has a pet, make the necessary arrangements for the pet to be taken care of by family or friends.

Any mail that comes to your loved one should be forwarded to a family member that plans to handle the deceased’s estate. Any mail that piles up at a vacant home only alarms potential intruders that a home is empty. Make sure to contact the deceased’s boss and inform them of the death. If your loved one had any upcoming appointments, make contact to notify them about the death and to cancel the appointment.

Mary and Frank Navetta

June 10, 2020

On behalf of our entire family we would like to say thank you for the wonderful funeral service you provided for our brother. From the initial planning meeting, casket selection, visitation, and Rosary to the Mass and burial in Tyler everything went so smoothly.

There was a great combination of attention to detail and sincere kindness throughout the process. Additionally, we never felt pressured in any way. We can wholeheartedly recommend Lowe Funeral Home for your funeral needs.

Cynthia Yelinek

November 7, 2017

They are the best. So friendly and welcoming. They make you feel like family.

Regina Middleton

November 7, 2017

The staff here has helped us with several family losses, and with pre-burial planning (which I highly recommend for everyone). They are always sincerely sympathetic and compassionate to the needs of everyone who comes to them. They have also been extremely helpful and compassionate with our family members whose finances were very limited. There was no pushing upgrades where they were not wanted, or were just out of budget.

Carla Ussery-Champion

September 19, 2017

Everyone is so kind and understanding. They help you make decisions at a difficult time. I would never consider using anyone else.

June Blackburn

March 22, 2017

This is the most caring and awesome Funeral Home ever. I have planned a few funerals and none of them have even come close to the service and care that we rec'd in planning my Aunt's services at Lowe's. So accommodating and gracious. Heather, Earnest, and the staff were amazing. They did a beautiful job on the makeup and you could not even tell what she had been through. I could not be more pleased. And I thank them for their special efforts for a grand send off for my Aunt.