From a Death to the Funeral Home

Losing a loved one is hard enough without all the stress of details, decisions and planning. It may seem impossible to get ready for a service at a funeral home in Pasco, WA after a death.


If you follow these seven steps, you will have a much easier time preparing for a funeral:

  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 - 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 funeral and be prepared to relay these wishes to the funeral director.
  3. Pick a Type of Service - There are several funeral service and cremation options you need to be prepared to choose from like 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; and graveside services in which the funeral takes place at the grave.
  4. Make Cemetery Arrangements - If you choose a burial rather than a 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 funeral home 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 Funeral Arrangements - Feel free to get creative when making funeral 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. 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.
  7. List Pre-Funeral Tasks - Make a list of what you need to accomplish before the funeral to help you stay organized and not forget anything important. This list could include your attire, personal items or collecting photos.


Hillcrest Funerals and Cremation is a Pasco, WA funeral home that offers a wide range of funeral and cremation services. Please stop by and visit us or give is a call to learn more about what we can do for you in your time of loss. We would be more than happy to assist you in any way you need.

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