Death Occurs

When a death occurs in your family, you will be faced with overwhelming but important decision-making task during one of most difficult time of your lilfe. You may not know what to do but Remember that you are not alone. Sunnyside Funeral and Cremation is 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. The following are some questions that we may ask when you call:

  • What is the full name and Date of Birth 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-arranged funeral plan? (If yes, what is the plan name or name of the cemetery?)

We will then set an appointment time for you to come to the funeral home to complete the details of the funeral arrangement. We will ask you to bring in some items and information that will be necessary to complete the arrangement and to notify Social Security Administration as well as filing for Death Certificate and permits for the family.  These items will include:

  • Clothing for the deceased.
  • Social security number of the deceased.  Copy of SSC Card if available.
  • The deceased's birth date and city and state of birth.
  • The deceased's parents names, including mother's maiden name.
  • Information about the deceased's education and career.
  • 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).

What Else Do We Do?

  • Contact your clergy or officiant.  Decide on a time and place for the funeral or memorial service (the services may be held at the funeral home or outside church).
  • We will assist you in determining the number of copies of the death certificates that you will need and will order them for you.
  • Make a list of family, friends and business colleagues, and notify each by phone, e-mail and SNS.
  • Decide on an appropriate charity to which gifts may be made (church, hospice, library, organization, school).
  • Gather obituary information, including a photo, age, place of birth, cause of death, occupation, college degrees, memberships held, military service, outstanding work and a list of survivors in the immediate family. Include the time and place of the funeral services.
  • During Covid-19, We will ensure safety of all guests by measuring temperature, provide courtesy sanitizer and masks.  Keeping a careful record of visitors and flower deliveries will make it easier to thank people later on.
  • Delegate special needs of the household, such as cleaning, food preparation, etcetera, to friends and family who offer their help.
  • Arrange for child care, if necessary.
  • Arrange hospitality for visiting relatives and friends.
  • Select pallbearers and notify the funeral home. (People with heart or back difficulties may be named honorary pallbearers).
  • Plan for the disposition of flowers after the funeral (to a church, hospital or rest home).
  • Prepare a list of distant friends and relatives to be notified by letter and/or printed notice.
  • 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 you's" to those who have given their time, as well.
  • Notify insurance companies of the death.
  • Locate the will or trust and notify the lawyer and executor.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If the deceased was living alone, notify the utility companies and landlord and tell the post office where to send the mail.
  • Your Funeral Director will prepare the necessary Social Security forms.