What to Do When Death Occurs

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. Solimine Funeral Homes are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist you with the details and offer our guidance. We have compiled the following list to help guide you through the steps you will need to take when a death has occurred. Your funeral director will help coordinate all of the details when you meet for an arrangement conference.

After a death has occurred, notify Solimine Funeral Homes by calling (781) 595-1492. The following are some questions that we may ask when you call:

  • What is the full name of the deceased?
  • What is the location of the deceased (Hospital, Nursing Facility or Residence)?
  • What is your name, address and telephone number?
  • What is the name, address and phone number of the next-of-kin?
  • Is there a pre-arrangement in place for the deceased?

We will make immediate arrangements to facilitate moving the deceased to the funeral home and initiate preparations, including embalming if authorized by the next of kin. We will then set a time to immediately meet you at your home or other place of death, or set up an appointment for you to come to the funeral home to complete the details of the funeral arrangement at your convenience

We will ask you to bring in some items and information that will be necessary to complete the arrangement. These items will include:

  • Clothing for the deceased
  • Social security number of the deceased
  • The deceased's birth date and city and state of birth
  • The deceased's parents names, including mother's maiden name, and birthplaces
  • Information about the deceased's education
  • Marital status of the deceased
  • Veteran's discharge papers or Claim Number
  • A recent photograph of the deceased
  • Pre-arrangement paperwork (if applicable)
  • Cemetery lot information (if applicable)

There are many important tasks that will need to be handled before, during and after the services. The following is a list of common tasks and when they should be handled.

During the arrangement conference:

We will assist you in contacting your clergy and deciding on a time and place for the visiting hours and funeral or memorial service (the services may be held at the funeral home). We will also make any necessary arrangements with the cemetery or crematory. At this time we will also gather obituary information, including the deceased's age, occupation, schools attended, memberships held, hobbies and interests, military service, and a list of immediate family members. The funeral home will usually write the obituary and submit it to the newspaper(s), however the family is welcome to write their own obituary for the funeral home to submit. We will help you to choose any merchandise you may need, such as casket, outer burial container, urn, etc. and explain to you all of the costs associated with our services.

Before the Visiting Hours/Service

  1. Make a list of family, friends and business colleagues, and notify each by phone. You may wish to use a "branching" system: make a few phone calls to other relatives or friends and ask each of them to make a phone call or two to specific people
  2. Arrange for family members and/or close friends to take turns answering the door or phone. Keeping a careful record of visitors and flower deliveries will make it easier to thank people later on
  3. Order flowers for the service, if desired
  4. Make arrangements for a luncheon or gathering after the service, if desired
  5. Arrange for child care, if necessary
  6. Arrange hospitality for visiting relatives and friends, or delegate this task to a trusted friend or family member
  7. Delegate special needs of the household, such as cleaning, food preparation, etc., to friends and family who offer their help
  8. Select pallbearers and notify the funeral home. (People with heart or back difficulties may be named honorary pallbearers)

After the Services

  1. Prepare a list of distant friends and relatives to be notified by letter and/or printed notice
  2. Prepare a list of people to receive acknowledgments of flowers, calls, etc. Send appropriate acknowledgments, which may be a written note, printed acknowledgments, or both. Include "thank yous" to those who have given their time, as well
  3. Notify insurance companies of the death. The staff at Solimine Funeral Homes is available to assist with the filing of life insurance claims.
  4. Locate the will and notify the lawyer and executor
  5. 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
  6. Check promptly on all debts and installment payments, including credit cards. Some may carry insurance clauses that will cancel them. If there is to be a delay in meeting payments, consult with creditors and ask for more time before the payments are due
  7. If the deceased was living alone, notify the utility companies and landlord and tell the post office where to send the mail
  8. If Social Security checks are deposited automatically, notify the bank of the death.



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Lynn, MA 01904
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Lynn, MA 01902
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