JOHN F. PFLEGER FUNERAL HOME IN MIDDLETOWN, NJ
WHAT TO DO AFTER DEATH
At John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, we understand that the loss of a loved one can be extremely overwhelming and emotional. We’re here to guide and support you through the process of making final arrangements for your loved one, whether they passed away at home or in a care facility. Our professional and compassionate staff are dedicated to providing the highest level of service and care to help you through this difficult time.
AT HOME OR A PLACE OF BUSINESS
If a death occurs at home or a place of business, it is important to contact the authorities immediately. If the person was not under hospice care, the police will be dispatched to the scene and will notify the coroner or medical examiner. The coroner or medical examiner will then determine if further action is necessary and release the body to a funeral home.
If the person was under hospice care, contact the hospice representative for guidance on the next steps. Note that it’s always important to have a plan in place for a death that occurs outside of a hospital or care facility.
AT A HOSPITAL, NURSING HOME, OR HOSPICE FACILITY
When a death occurs at a hospital, nursing home, or hospice facility, the staff will immediately notify the necessary authorities and the family members. They will also contact the funeral home that has been chosen by the family or the person who passed away to handle the final arrangements.
If you are present at the facility when the funeral director arrives, they will ask you a few questions about the deceased's wishes and set up a time to come to the funeral home to make arrangements. If you are not present, a funeral director will contact you by telephone to discuss the arrangements.
HOW TO BEGIN MAKING ARRANGEMENTS
Making arrangements begins with gathering the necessary information for the death certificate. This includes the full name and address, marital status, race/ethnicity, date and city of birth, highest level of education, and information about the deceased's parents and spouse. The funeral director will also need pertinent documents, such as account statements, beneficiary designations, life insurance policies, real estate deeds, car and boat deeds, stock and bond certificates, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, loans, leases, and copies of bills.
If no pre-planning has been done, necessary arrangements will need to be made. This includes scheduling the location, date, and time of the visitation and funeral service, selecting burial or cremation, choosing funeral products, arranging a cemetery plot, and preparing an obituary notice. The funeral director will guide the family through these steps, using their wants, needs, and desires as a foundation to create a memorable funeral for their loved one.
CALL THE FUNERAL HOME
When a loved one passes away, the funeral home will assist you in obtaining a death certificate, transporting the body, and making final arrangements for your loved one. The funeral home staff can also help you select a casket or urn and arrange the funeral or memorial service. They will assist you in notifying the employer and insurance company of the deceased, and guide you through the process of making legal and personal arrangements.
CONTACT JOHN F. PFLEGER FUNERAL HOME
At John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, we’re here to guide you through the difficult process of making final arrangements. Let us create a beautiful and meaningful tribute for your loved one. Contact us today to learn more about our compassionate and personalized services.