Here is a list of things to consider, what you will need to do, and who to contact after a loved one dies in Pittsburgh.
For most people, the loss of a loved one is a very traumatic event. Whether a death is sudden and unexpected or the result of a long battle with cancer or other illness, there is still the initial shock over what has happened.
It depends on the circumstances and where the person is, but there are certain things that survivors need to consider immediately after someone dies.
One of the first things survivors must do is contact a funeral provider. This is also the time to determine whether any funeral arrangements were made in advance.
Having to make funeral arrangements during an already difficult time can be overwhelming for some people. By planning ahead, many people relieve their loved ones of this burden.
If plans were not made in advance, then survivors will need to provide the following information about the deceased including:
- Full name
- Date and place of death
- Next of kin, address, and phone
- Doctor’s name and telephone number
- Method of disposition (burial or cremation)
- Social Security number
- Veterans Discharge/DD-214 if ever in the Armed Services
- Location of burial plot and deed
- Date and place of birth
- Marital Status
- Name of surviving spouse and other survivors
- Name of father and mother
- Religious affiliation
- Church affiliation
If funeral arrangements were made in advance, the family can start the grieving process without being burdened by the many decisions that need to be made at an already difficult and stressful time.
If arrangements were not made in advance, the next step is to schedule an appointment to meet with a funeral provider.
In addition to getting the information together for the funeral provider, you will want to notify your family and friends so that they can start to spread the word.
These days, social media makes it easy to notify many people all at once instead of having to make many phone calls, especially right after a loss.
If you have just suffered the loss of a loved one, please accept our deepest condolences.
Before completing the planning forms to select the arrangements you desire, please call us first to notify us that you are in immediate need so that we can prepare to take your loved one into our care.
After you notify us, you may proceed with your online arrangements.