What To Do When A Death Occurs
If death occurs at a hospital or nursing home, the staff of the facilities will notify the funeral home at your request. If death occurs at home the family doctor should be notified. If a physician has not been in attendance, the County Coroner, Medical Examiner, or Hospice Organization should be called. When the funeral home has been notified, our staff will go to the place of death and complete the transfer of the deceased to our funeral home. If you have not already been in contact with the Funeral Director we will call you, introduce ourselves, and proceed to answer questions and prepare you for the funeral arrangement conference. If you are not sure what to do please call us first. COFFEY FUNERAL HOME staff is on call 24 hours a day and we are glad to assist by answering your questions or addressing your concerns immediately.
There are several steps to complete the funeral arrangements for either burial or cremation services. Details are completed during the meeting between the funeral director and the family. Normally this conference is at the funeral home, however it may be held within the comfort of the family's home. It is important throughout the arrangement conference for you to feel comfortable, and for you to allow us to get to know about the life of the deceased, you, and your family. This conference is very important to all concerned.
The next step is to gather information for the Death Certificate. This would include the following:
- Name of the Deceased
- Date of Birth
- Place of Birth
- Social Security Number
- Industry of Occupation
- Years of Occupation
- Years of Education
- Name and Relationship of the Next of Kin
- Martial Status
- Name of Spouse
- Name of Parents
- Name and Relationship of Responsible Party
Once the information for the Death Certificate has been secured we will together create the obituary, which will be placed in the local newspaper, and out of town newspapers if appropriate. The purpose of the obituary is to notify friends of the death, tell a brief life sketch, and to inform friends of service time and place. This information usually includes but is not limited to:
- Name of spouse and place and date of marriage.
- The names of High School and Universities or Colleges they may have attended.
- What the person did during his or her working career.
- Organizations, groups or clubs they may have belonged to.
- Personal information such as "he enjoyed reading".
- Family information such as sons, daughters, brothers, sisters etc.
An obituary can be difficult to write during an arrangement conference since there may be many important dates and remembrances that you want included. We recommend having this information completed through advanced planning.
Planning the Service
Planning the service is what makes COFFEY FUNERAL HOME different. Our role is to provide you options to help you create a service around this life event that you will cherish and which is special to the needs of your family members and friends. We have arranged religious services in mortuaries, churches, and parks. Services have included horses and pets, motorcycles and cars, with personalized tributes of photos presented during the service, accompanied with music. We have developed experience while serving families since 1911, and we are proud to be able to award that experience to you.
Choosing a Casket, Urn, Vault and Other Merchandise
Choosing a casket, urn or vault may sometimes be overwhelming. Our role is to inform you of differences, therefore allowing you to make an informed decision. We are pleased to provide you the best selections of caskets, urns and vaults. Caskets are available in hard woods such as oak, pine, and cherry. Metal caskets created from steel, stainless steel, or bronze are frequently chosen. We have a wide variety of urns made of materials such as wood, bronze, stainless steel, pewter, closinee and granite. We are able to personalize your urn with a name, dates, a scene of a favorite memory, or even a photo. Choosing a vault is also an important part of the burial process. Each cemetery has requirements regarding the use of burial vaults and we will explain cemetery fees and requirements. If you have any questions on these items, please see our burial product option pages or CONTACT US