Everyone knows how hard loss is, but not many people talk about how difficult it is to know what to do when faced with a loss. There are a lot of steps between the death itself and the cremation in State College, PA.
Use this list of 8 steps to help guide you through the process of reporting the death to arranging the cremation:
1. Report the Death – The first step is to report the death to the proper authorities. If the death is at a hospital, nursing home, or hospice, the officials there will know what to do and will make the report for you. If you are at home, or have no other options, call 911.
2. Prepare To Work With A Funeral Director or Cremation Attendant – You will need the assistance of a funeral director to complete the death certificate, transport and store the body. Take note if the deceased made pre-arrangements for his or her cremation, and be prepared to relay these wishes to the director.
3. Pick a Type of Service – There are several service options you need to be prepared to choose from:
- Funerals, in which the service is held before the body is cremated or buried and the body is present
- Memorials, in which the service is help after the body is buried or cremated and therefore not present
4. Make Cemetery Arrangements – If you choose to inter the cremated remains after the cremation, you will need to make cemetery arrangements. Decide where the burial will take place, and if necessary purchase a plot. If you’re unsure where to start, your cremation attendant will most likely be affiliated with a cemetery and can help you find a plot. You could also check with your church, synagogue or other place of worship for further guidance.
5. Make Service Arrangements – Feel free to get creative when making memorial arrangements to make the service personal and meaningful. Flowers, music, pre or post service events and other special touches help make the service personal for you and the deceased.
6. Plan Formal Transportation – You will need to make arrangements for the body to be transported from the place of death to the crematory.
7. Inform The Family and Write Death Notice – Personally inform all close family, friends and loved ones of the death, ideally over the phone or in person. If you’re nervous, take the time to write a script to help you make key points. Don’t forget to write and release a death notice to notify the rest of the friends, coworkers, associates etc.
8. List Pre-Service Tasks – Make a list of what you need to accomplish before the service to help you stay organized and not forget anything important. This list could include your attire, personal items or collecting photos.
Cremation Specialist of Pennsylvania, Inc, located at 728 Main St Avoca, PA 18641, can help you with making your loved one’s State College, PA cremation arrangements. Please give us a call today at (844) 427-3672 to learn more.