Support When a Death has Occurred
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Losing someone close to you is never easy, and under current circumstances it can feel even more stressful. We understand, and our heart goes out to you. With more than 150 years of experience supporting families through this delicate and detailed process, Lakewood provides the comfort, reassurance and options you need and deserve.
Whether you have no idea what decisions lie ahead or you are following someone’s specific wishes, Lakewood’s expert, caring staff has answers. We’d be honored to support you and provide guidance in your time of need.
Things to Consider
The number of things that must be taken care of at the time of a death can be overwhelming, especially for grieving family members. We’ve compiled information about some of the most common needs here. Read through our FAQs below, or simply give us a call at (612)822-2171.
Who should I call first? 911? Coroner? Funeral Director? Lakewood?
If the death happens at home, call 911 and explain that you need someone to complete a Pronouncement of Death form. You can then proceed to call a funeral director, who is licensed to care for the body of your loved one.
Who handles the body?
Typically the funeral home will make arrangements to transport the body to a mortuary or a crematory like Lakewood.
What decisions do I need to make right away?
You need to figure out whether the individual who died had made their wishes known or had a prepaid arrangements for cremation or burial. If so, you will want to follow their instructions. If not, deciding between burial and cremation is a critical decision to make. If you are uncertain and would like to explore considerations, we can help.
What else should I do or consider?
Here’s a list of choices many people make during this time (some pre-arrange these items, so you may want to check if there’s a will or plan that expresses a loved one’s wishes):
- Contacting a funeral director, cemetery, clergy, legal team or other guides or advisors
- Deciding on cremation or traditional burial
- Deciding on a permanent place of remembrance, including a monument or marker
- Choosing a site and date for a ceremony and details such as music, flowers, participants and transportation
- Casket (if full-body burial) or urn (if cremation)
- Clothing for the deceased
- Pallbearers (if casket burial)
- A place for gathering after the ceremony
- Contacting family and friends
- Writing an obituary
- Contacting an attorney, accountant and/or executor of the estate
- Completing a city or county (death certificate)
Typically, a funeral director, legal professional, clergy or cemetery, like Lakewood, can help you with items on this list. Many people often call on the help of close family and friends to assist them during this difficult period.
How does COVID affect my choices?
The greatest impact will be in planning a funeral, memorial service or a celebration of life gathering. Based on current guidelines and restrictions, your options may be limited. We can help you determine what’s possible.
How much will this cost?
Unfortunately that’s quite impossible to predict without knowing what types of arrangements you plan to make. You can check out our Price List for a rough guide, or reach out to us and we can help you make decisions that meet your needs and fit your budget.
Can Lakewood help me with everything?
While we can’t do everything ourselves, we can certainly guide and advise you through the various steps and decisions. Please allow us to be of service.