What to do when a death occurs or is near:
When a death occurs in your family, you will be faced with important tasks and decision-making during a very difficult time. You may not know what to do or when to begin making arrangements. Bearing the responsibility can be overwhelming. Remember that you are not alone. All Seasons Funeral Chapel is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist you with the details and offer you our guidance. Call us at (209) 745-0888 and we will immediately begin the process to take care of your loved one.
The questions you will be asked will include the following:
Full name and current location of the departed
Name of next of kin, address and phone number
Pre-arranged funeral plan information (if applicable)
We will then set an appointment time to complete the details of the funeral arrangement.
At the arrangement we will need the following information regarding the departed:
Social Security number
State and date of birth
Full name of the parents (including mother's maiden name)
State or the country of parent's birth
Highest level of education
Occupation and years in the industry
Legal paperwork, specifically Durable Power of Attorney if arranger is not next of kin
U.S. Veteran discharge papers DD-214 (if applicable)
Pre-arrangement paperwork (if applicable)
Cemetery lot information (if applicable)
Religious affiliation (for emblems, gravestone etc.) o Final outfit / clothing
Decide on a time and place for the funeral or memorial service
Contact information for your clergy person so we can coordinate events
Write or have us write an obituary. This usually includes: photo, age, place of birth, cause of death, occupation, college degrees, memberships, military service, outstanding work and a list of survivors in the immediate family. Include the time and place of the funeral services and we will put obituary on the funeral home website and newspaper if so desired.
During this difficult time we urge family, friends and neighbors to step in and arrange the following:
Make sure there is food in the home for the next several days.
Delegate basic tasks such as cooking, cleaning, etc.
Arrange for child care if needed.
Take turns answering the door or phone and keep record of visitors, callers, flowers, etc. to make it easier to thank everyone later on.
Reach out to friends and family:
Make a list of family, friends and business colleagues and notify each by phone (to make it easier, you may ask every person you contact, to call two others on the list)
Prepare a list of distant friends and relatives to be notified by letter, card, or email, etc.
Send thank you notes and acknowledgements to those who have sent their condolences
Legal and financial arrangements:
Decide on an appropriate charity to which gifts may be made (church, hospice, library, organization, school, etc.) If none is chosen, donations will be made to California Funeral Assistance, a non-profit organization which aids low-income families during the time of need.
Carefully check all life and casualty insurance and death benefits, including Social Security, credit union, trade union, fraternal, and military. Check on possible income for survivors from these sources
If Social Security checks are deposited automatically, notify the bank of passing
If eligible, tell funeral director that you want to apply for Social Security funeral benefit
Notify insurance companies
Locate the will and notify lawyer and estate executor
Check promptly on all debts and installment payments, including credit cards. Some may carry insurance clauses that will cancel them. If you are spouse of the departed and there is to be a delay in meeting payments, consult with creditors and ask for more time before the payments are due
If the deceased was living alone, notify the utility companies and landlord and tell the post office where to send the mail
Contact Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to change registration and vehicle titles