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When a Death Occurs

Handling the death of a loved one is never an easy task. We've put together some of the important information you'll need to make the initial decisions, reach out to the appropriate people, and begin the process of designing your loved one's final farewell. Remember that, as you begin to cope with your loss, it's often a good idea to enlist the help and support of a trusted friend in making the necessary arrangements.


If you have any questions about your next steps, the options available to you, or what the funeral arrangement process will entail, we'd be honored to walk you through this information in more detail and answer your questions. Don't hesitate to contact us for anything you might need.


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Whether this is the first funeral you’re planning or not, we know the process can feel overwhelming. However, when you choose Weddle Funeral Service, we’re here to help you every step of the way. We want your loved one’s funeral to be a time of peace and remembrance, not a time of stress.


Below we’re sharing how to get started on your loved one’s funeral from the moment they pass away.


The First Few Hours

If your loved one passes away in a healthcare facility, the staff there will notify the proper authorities, including their funeral home of choice if that was already specified.


However, if they die elsewhere, it’s important for you to contact emergency personnel right away. If you know their physician, it’s important to contact them as well.


After emergency personnel takes care of your loved one’s body, they will help you get the necessary paperwork including a medical certificate.

This time is usually shocking and hard to accept. If you’re unsure of what to do, don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff.


The First Few Days

Though this part is tough, it’s important to notify relatives and close friends of your loved one’s death through phone calls and sharing your loved one’s death notice. Of course, it’s not up to you to reach out to everyone yourself. Ask a family member or close friend to share the burden. 


Next, it’s time to meet with your loved one’s funeral home of choice or to select one yourself. If they had any preplanning completed, be sure to bring this up with the funeral director. However, if they did not preplan anything, then you need to start thinking about these choices:

  • Final disposition method. Burial, cremation, or something else?
  • If you choose burial, what casket?
  • If you choose cremation, what vessel or urn?
    • Also, where do you want their ashes to remain?
  • Necessary religious services such as clergy members or spiritual leaders
  • What kind of service do you want?
    • Viewing, no viewing, graveside memorial?


A Network of Support

Your initial call with our funeral director will allow us to inquire about any prearrangements and gather the information we need to transport your loved one to the funeral home, but you can also feel free to ask any questions you may have and resolve any of your initial concerns. At later meetings, you'll be able to discuss your arrangements in greater detail, but we're always available in your time of need to provide emotional support, a sympathetic ear, and careful guidance.


Know that, during your time of loss, your greatest resource will be loved ones who want to offer their assistance in any way they can. We encourage you to get in touch with relatives, neighbors, friends, clergy members or other spiritual advisors, and other trusted members of your community. They are often more than happy to prepare food, look after children, help with arrangements, or simply offer a kind word and open arms.


What If There Aren't Any Prearrangements?

If your loved one has not specified any arrangements or preferences beforehand, there are some initial questions you will likely need to answer when you consult with your funeral home:


  • Should I choose embalming?
  • Do I need to purchase a casket?
  • Will I care for my loved one's physical remains through burial or cremation?
  • What sort of funeral or memorial service should I plan?
  • Are there any religious traditions or customs I need to plan for? Should I engage the services of a clergy member or spiritual leader?

These questions are just a starting point, and you don't need to know the answers right away. Start thinking about your decisions, and contact us to gain a better understanding of your options and discuss what might be the most appropriate solution for your situation. We're here to make this process easier for you, and we can start by making sure that you have all of the information and guidance you'll need.


Meeting With Our Funeral Directors

When you meet with one of our funeral directors or staff to discuss your arrangements, you can anticipate the following:

  • First, we will give you a price list to give you an idea of what our products and services cost.
  • We will ask you to tell us a little bit about your loved one, so we can give them the most meaningful service possible. By sharing things like their life story, fondest memories, and big accomplishments, it gives us a good idea of who they were. Our team will use this important information to create a service that honors and celebrates your loved one.  
  • A few other things we’ll help you with include:
    • Scheduling the service
    • Preparing and filing the death certificate
    • Choosing an urn, casket, or other products
    • Writing an obituary
    • Arranging transportation
    • Choosing pallbearers

In order to make this process as easy as possible, please have the following information about your loved one with you:

  • Full name
  • Home address
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s maiden name
  • Occupation
  • Highest education
  • Names and relationships of living family
  • If applicable:
    • Veteran’s discharge papers (DD-214)
    • Burial location
    • Clergy name and phone number
    • Insurance policy

For the obituary, please bring a high-quality, recent photo of them. Also, if you’d like a viewing, please bring us the clothing you want us to dress them in for the service.

When you first begin the process of designing a funeral, the decisions you'll face might seem overwhelming at first. We're here to help you tackle the choices one by one and make the journey one of love, healing, and life celebration. The process can be broken down into two stages: decisions regarding the service and how you'd like to honor your loved one's life, and decisions regarding how you'd like to care for your loved one's physical remains.

Designing a Service

Whether it's formal or informal, traditional or offbeat, a funeral provides an opportunity for family and friends to gather and support one another in taking the first steps of their healing journey. A service can take place in any setting - at your home, outdoors, or at our facilities, for example - and can incorporate music, poetry, or art in the celebration of a life well-lived. There are endless possibilities for what the service can be, and we're honored to go above and beyond in our duty to meet your personalized and specific requests.

Our staff is experienced in understanding and graciously accommodating the needs of all beliefs, faiths, lifestyles, and relationships. We're here to answer your questions and guide you through the decisions you'll need to make, and will encourage you to take your time to figure out the most meaningful and fitting way to honor your loved one and incorporate the elements that you and your family find meaningful. 

Caring for a Loved One's Physical Remains

Once you've chosen how you'd like to celebrate your loved one's life journey, the next decision you'll face is about how you'd like to care for their physical remains. This can be a difficult or emotional choice for you and your family, and we'll provide you with the information you need as we help you to consider your options and make the decision that is right for your loved one and for your family. Once you've chosen between burial and cremation, there are a few additional decisions you'll face:

  • For a burial, you'll need to select a casket and a cemetery, and choose between a ground burial and entombment in a mausoleum.
  • For cremation, you'll need to select an urn and choose whether to bury, entomb, or scatter the cremated remains, as well as where you'd like to do so.

No matter which path you decide to take, we'll be there to support you and assist you in exploring your options and making an informed decision that feels right for you and your loved one.

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