The following is a list of questions commonly asked before, during or after a death has occurred. If you have a question and it is not listed below, please call 727.323.5111 and speak to one of our directors.
Social Security Number
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Any Pre-Arrangment/Insurance Documents
Mother's Maiden Name
Veteran's Discharge or Claim Number
2. Contact your clergy. If you dont have anyone specific, we can provide clergy for you.
3. Make a list and notify the immediate family, close friends and employer or business colleagues.
4. Select pallbearers and notify the funeral home.
5. Decide donation to which gifts may be made if this was a wish of your loved one (church, hospice, library, charity or school).
6. Gather obituary information, including age, place of birth, cause of death, occupation, college degrees, memberships held, military service, outstanding work, list of survivors in immediate family.
7. Locate the will and notify lawyer and executor.
8. Plan for disposition of flowers after funeral (church, hospital or rest home)
9. Notify insurance companies.
10. Check all life and casualty insurance and death benefits including Social Security, credit union, trade union, fraternal, and military.
* Earth burial
* Burial at sea
* Whole body donation or organ donation followed by one of the above methods of interment
Grave plots are typically marked with some type of headstone ó either an upright monument or flush-to-the-ground marker.
Mausoleum crypts are sealed and marked with a face panel, usually made of granite or marble. When visiting the crypt, all you see is the face panel with the name of the person and other information typically found on grave markers.
Lawn crypts are a form of underground entombment. When visiting them, they'll look like regular grave spaces with headstones to memorialize the deceased.
Columbariumís are structures containing many small compartments ("niches") for enclosure of urns. Columbariumís are oftentimes located within mausoleums.
Survivors often keep ashes at home in urns. Many decorative styles of urns are available. Scattering of ashes is another common option. Local regulations govern the scattering of ashes on public property. Cemeteries offer scattering gardens for this purpose.
The most common method of burial at sea is a scattering of cremated remains. Whole body burials are possible but they are more involved due, in part, to regulations requiring them to be done at a specific depth of the sea and the need for a specially prepared casket that will descend to the ocean floor.
The Department of the Navy offers free burial at sea services for veterans and their families subject to certain restrictions.
1. Make your family aware of your decision to donate. Family consent will be needed regardless of whether you have signed a Donor Card or a Driver's License. They will be more likely to follow your wishes if you have discussed the issue with them previously.
2. Sign a Uniform Donor Card and have 2 people (preferably family members) sign as witnesses. The back of your Driver's License may also have a donor authorization form.
3. Carry the Donor Card in your wallet at all times.
Family members often keep ashes of loved ones at home. Many decorative styles of urns are available. Scattering of ashes is another common option. Local regulations govern the scattering
A temporary container, such as a cardboard box, is adequate if you plan to do a scattering. A permanent container, such as an urn, may be more desirable for burial or entombment. Urns can be made of marble, stone, copper, brass or other materials. For display at home, there are many styles of decorative urns to choose from. Pendants are sometimes used to carry a portion of the remains on a necklace.
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