What to Expect
Grief & Guidance
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It's a common enough experience; a loved one dies and now you've got to face something you've never ever done before. You've got to go to a funeral home to make their funeral arrangements. Now, not only are you emotionally affected by their death, you're anxious and really need to know what to expect when you arrive. So, let's talk about that for a bit.
You should know that we've taken great pains to make your experience with us as easy as possible. Here's how:
While we can't speak to every situation, we can tell you the bare basics of what to expect on your first visit to our funeral home.
The funeral director will then ask you a number of questions. Think about it this way: your conversation is intended to do a few things: 1.) Share accurate biographical details of the deceased to assist the funeral director in completing relevant paperwork, 2.) Share information about the life of your loved one. Things such as hobbies, passions, collections, etc... anything that will help your funeral director create the life story for you, your family and friends, and 3.) come to an agreement about the plans for the funeral, memorial service, or celebration-of-life.
When it comes to properly completing death paperwork, and writing a detailed obituary, accuracy is everything. So, when it comes to the first task, that of sharing your loved one's biographical details, you'll want to bring documentation of the following:
Naturally, if you've failed to bring any of this information, you can always call us later to share whatever is missing.
The second step in the funeral arrangement conference, that of planning a meaningful ceremony to pay tribute and celebrate the life of your loved one is really at the heart of what you'll be doing that day. In order to facilitate things, we ask that you bring:
We also encourage you to have an open mind. Bring your memories, and your heart-driven creative thinking. After all, we will be guided in planning your loved one's funeral, memorial service, or celebration-of-life by your stories, personal perceptions, and insights into their character and lifestyle.
Not all funerals are the same. We encourage to have an open mind and trustworthy heart, as we try to share your loved one's lifetime in just a few moments.
Let us help you tell your loved one's story.
Our time together will take only as long as you need it to take. Not only that, while the time you spend with us in your first visit can be very intense and emotionally-draining; you'll be among people who really care about your welfare. We'll support you throughout the funeral arrangement process, in any way you need us to; and we believe you'll find that when you leave, you've really had very little to be anxious about. But if you still have any questions or concerns, call us today at 502-863-3550 to learn more about what to expect when you come to our funeral home.
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