當死亡發生時 When a Death Occurs

 

為所愛之人辦理身後事絕不是一件容易的事。我們已將您所需要做出的初步決定、需要聯繫的人等重要信息一一彙編,幫助您為所愛之人安排最後的告別儀式。當您開始準備面對至親的身後事時,值得信賴的朋友的幫助與支持會往往能夠更有效地幫助您做出更完善的安排。

 

如果您對接下來應該如何處理、或接下來的葬禮儀式應該如何安排妥當持有疑問的話,請隨時與我們聯繫,我們很樂意提供更多細節來解答您的問題。

 

當死亡發生在幾個小時內

 

當死亡發生在家裡或工作場所時,您需要聯繫急救人員;如果您的至親有參加醫療保健計劃,請與他的家庭醫生取得聯繫。當死亡發生時沒有任何人在現在,您需要在先人被移靈到另一個地點前先通知警方。

 

當您所愛之人故於醫院、護理設施或是臨終關懷機構時,相關機構的工作人員將會和您取得聯繫;如果您已將殯儀館的名字告之,他們同時也會與該殯儀館取得及時聯繫。

 

接下來將會涉及到死亡信息的登記,該進度將取決於死亡涉及的過程,與您接觸的工作人員將會指導您通過這一程序。

 

如果您不確定將下來應該通知誰或者做什麼,請致電我們以尋求幫助。

 

死亡發生後的最初幾天內

 

在您安排好初步計劃後,您需要與其他家屬和親友取得聯繫並將死訊告之,如果該過程讓您感覺太過痛苦,您可以讓一位值得信賴的朋友代替您去聯繫。或許您的至親在生前已留下了關於身後事的願望或計劃,那麼接下來您就要選擇一家殯儀館,與工作人員探討,為他策劃一場葬禮儀式,同時您也可以在至親所在社區內發布訃告。

 

即使您的擔憂和葬禮儀式沒有直接關係,如果您有任何問題的時候請不要猶豫,您可以隨時與我們聯繫,我們的工作人員將很榮幸地在您需要的時候給予您建議以及指導。

 

一份支持保障

 

我們的殯儀指導師會通過與您的初次通話獲取收集信息,然後將您的所愛之人移靈之殯儀館。在此期間您可以諮詢任何問題來理清您所關注的信息。在之後的約見商討過程中,我們將耐心傾聽您的需要,以求更詳細地為您至親的葬禮儀式給予建議與安排。

 

在失去至親的時候,您最寶貴的資源,是那些願意以任何方式來援助你的親友。我們鼓勵您與您的親屬、鄰居、朋友、牧師、其他精神顧問以及值得信任的人員取得聯繫。

 

如果生前沒有制訂任何計劃?

 

如果您所愛之人沒有在生前指定任何有關葬禮的安排或偏好,當您諮詢殯儀館工作人員時您可能會被問及:

 

是否需要選擇防腐?

 

是選擇讓所愛之人舉行安葬儀式還是火化儀式?

 

該計劃什麼樣的葬禮或紀念儀式?

 

是否有任何特殊的宗教習俗需要被考慮進去?  

 

這些問題只是一個起點,您也不需要馬上作出答复。請與我們聯繫,商討最合適的解決方案,更明晰地了解您所需要的再做決定,我們將會自始至終以確保您的所有需求得到完美解決。

 

當您與我們約見時該預備些什麼

 

當您與我們的工作人員約見並安排葬禮儀式相關事宜時,首先我們會為您提供一個基本價格的清單,讓您了解我們基本服務的所需的費用;然後我們將逐步為您講解整個葬禮儀式的流程,探討將以何種方式來緬懷您所愛之人,利用安葬儀式的時間來分享他的生活經歷、記憶點滴、彰顯他的個人成就。我們的工作人員將會指導您順利地完成一場極富緬懷意義的葬禮儀式。

 

而這一過程中可能會包括一下事項:

 

申請正式死亡證明

 

安排葬禮儀式的相關服務細節(包括地點、日期和時間)

 

選擇靈柩、靈灰甕,或其他您所需要用到的用品

 

起書訃告

 

安排必要的運輸工具

 

選擇扶靈人

 

為了更好地來緬懷您所愛之人的生平,您可以攜帶任何紀念品——例如相片、錄影、音樂、美術品或其他珍貴物品,這將會使我們對於該如何安排葬禮儀式能有更深刻的理解;如果您無法確認還有其它哪些物品可以被納入範圍內,請不要猶豫,您可以隨時與我們聯繫以做出獨到的建議。

 

我們希望順利地完成這個過程,來幫助您減輕您的心理壓力。當您前來與我們約見時,請確保能夠提供您所愛之人的以下信息,方便我們更有效率地幫助您:

 

合法全名與家庭地址

 

社會安全號碼

 

出生日期

 

出生地點

 

父親的全名

 

母親的原姓氏

 

是否為退伍軍人 (DD-214如果適用)

 

職業

 

想要安葬的墓園

 

神職人員的姓名和電話號碼(如果需要)

 

委託人的名字與關係

 

人壽保險資料(如果適用)

 

**同時請帶來一張先人的近照以及任何想要為他穿的服裝。

 

 

Handling the death of a loved one is never an easy task. We've put together some of the important information you'll need to make the initial decisions, reach out to the appropriate people, and begin the process of designing your loved one's final farewell. Remember that, as you begin to cope with your loss, it's often a good idea to enlist the help and support of a trusted friend in making the necessary arrangements.

If you have any questions about your next steps, the options available to you, or what the funeral arrangement process will entail, we'd be honored to walk you through this information in more detail and answer your questions. Don't hesitate to contact us for anything you might need.


Within Hours
When a death occurs at home or in the workplace, you'll need to contact emergency personnel or your loved one's physician if he or she was under medical care. If no one else was present when the death occurred, you'll also need to notify the police before the deceased is moved to a secondary location.


When a death occurs while your loved one is in a hospital, care facility or hospice program, the professional staff will notify you and contact the appropriate authorities. If you've already given them the name of a funeral home, the facility will contact them as well.

 

The next steps involve registration of the death, and the processes and documentation involved depend upon the circumstances. The professionals you've contacted will help to guide you through obtaining a medical certificate and the appropriate registration procedures.

 

If you're ever unsure of whom you should notify or what your next steps should be, please call us for assistance in determining the appropriate course of action for your particular situation.




Within the First Few Days
After you've taken care of the initial necessary arrangements, you'll want to notify friends and relatives of the death. If it is too painful for you to do this yourself, it's absolutely okay for a trusted friend to make the call in your place. Now is the time to review any prearranged wishes or plans your loved one may have put in place, and meet with the professionals at your chosen funeral home to discuss your options and begin designing a funeral. You'll also write a death notice or obituary to notify those in the community of your loved one's passing.

 

Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have about what you need to do, even if your concerns aren't directly related to the funeral. We're well-versed in all topics relating to the loss of a loved one, and we'd be honored to provide you with answers, advice, and guidance in your time of need.

 

 

A Network of Support
Your initial call with our funeral director will allow us to inquire about any prearrangements and gather the information we need to transport your loved one to the funeral home, but you can also feel free to ask any questions you may have and resolve any of your initial concerns. At later meetings you'll be able to discuss your arrangements in greater detail, but we're always available in your time of need to provide emotional support, a sympathetic ear, and careful guidance.

 

Know that, during your time of loss, your greatest resource will be loved ones who want to offer their assistance in any way they can. We encourage you to get in touch with relatives, neighbors, friends, clergy members or other spiritual advisors, and other trusted members of your community. 

 

 

What If There Aren't Any Prearrangements?
If your loved one has not specified any arrangements or preferences beforehand, there are some initial questions you will likely need to answer when you consult with your funeral home:

 

  • Should I choose embalming?
  • Will I care for my loved one's physical remains through burial or cremation?
  • What sort of funeral or memorial service should I plan?
  • Are there any religious traditions or customs I need to plan for? Should I engage the services of a clergy member or spiritual leader?

 

These questions are just a starting point, and you don't need to know the answers right away. Start thinking about your decisions, and contact us to gain a better understanding of your options and discuss what might be the most appropriate solution for your situation. We're here to make this process easier for you, and we can start by making sure that you have all of the information and guidance you'll need.

 

 

What to Expect When You Meet With Us
When you meet with a member of our staff to discuss your arrangements, we'll first provide you with a general price list to give you a basic idea of what our services cost. We'll then walk you through the entire arrangement process, and ask you about your loved one to gain an understanding of the person the services will honor. Use this time to communicate your ideas and preferences, share your loved one's life story, revisit memories and highlight their accomplishments. Our professionals will use this information to guide you in the creation of a personalized, meaningful celebration of your loved one's unique journey.

 

This process may include:

 

  • Preparing and filing the official death certificate
  • Scheduling the services and events (including the location, date, and time)
  • Selecting a casket, urn, or other products you may need
  • Drafting an obituary
  • Arranging necessary transportation
  • Selecting pallbearers

 

To help express your loved one's personality and life story, feel free to bring any memorabilia - like photos, videos, music, crafts, or treasured items - that might give us a better understanding of how you envision paying tribute to your loved one. Even if you're not sure how a particular aspect of their life might be incorporated, don't hesitate to ask; we can often make unique suggestions on a way to add that element as a special touch to their service.

 

We'd like to make this process as smooth and stress-free for you as we can, and you can come prepared for your meeting by making sure that you have the following information about your loved one on hand when you meet with our professionals to discuss your arrangements:

 

  • Full legal name & home address
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Father's name
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Veteran's discharge papers (DD-214), if applicable
  • Highest education
  • Occupation
  • Chosen place of burial, if applicable
  • Clergy name and phone number, if applicable
  • Names and relationships of survivors
  • Insurance policy information, if applicable

 

**Please also bring a recent photograph and any clothing you'd like us to use when dressing them for the service.**