When A Death Occurs

When a death occurs, 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, and bearing the responsibility can be overwhelming.  We have compiled the following to help guide you through the steps you will need to take when a death occurs.  Remember, you are not alone, we are here to assist you with the details and offer our guidance.

At Home or at Work

 If the death occurs at home with family or friends present, and the person is under a physician's care, the family will want to call us directly.

However, if the death occurs in a residence and no one is there at the time of death, the police will need to be notified and respond to the residence before the deceased is removed from their home.

If in any case you are not sure of who to notify or what to do, call (856) 455-3613, and we'll assist you in notifying the proper agencies.

While Under Supervised Care

When a death occurs in a care facility, such as a hospital or nursing home, the professional staff will notify you and the necessary authorities. If the name of the funeral home has been left with them, the institution will notify the funeral home at the time of the death. The funeral director will contact you immediately following their notification to help you proceed. (However, we suggest you contact the funeral home immediately, so you've got the reassurance you need that all is taken care of properly.)

If a loved one was in the care of a hospice program, a hospice representative will give family members instructions and procedures to follow. The coroner/medical examiner will be notified by hospice. Following their release the hospice will contact the funeral home. It is always a good idea for the family to contact us immediately so that we will be aware of the pending call from hospice.

Death Out Of State

If a death occurs out of New Jersey, call us and we will coordinate with a local funeral director at the place of death to have your loved one transferred to New Jersey.  Also, if a death occurs here and you wish to transfer your loved one to another state for burial, call us and we will make all the necessary arrangements.

Those Important Questions

If there is no pre-plan in place, there are several other questions that you may have to have answered in regards to the death of your loved one:

By contacting us, we'll be able to help answer your questions and assist in making the appropriate plans. You can reach us at (856) 455-3613.

However, as we’ve said before, one of the best ways to make sure that all of your questions and desires are taken care of is to make pre-arrangements. This is as simple as outlining your wishes to having all of the details written down and the financial arrangements prepaid. Please contact us at (856) 455-3613 to learn more about pre-arrangement.

What to Expect When You Arrive at the Funeral Home

One of the first things the funeral director will do is to provide you with our general price list. He or she will then guide you through the entire arrangement process, explaining how you can create a memorable personal celebration of your loved one's life. This is not a one-way conversation; we want to hear your ideas and desires, and use them as the foundation for the arrangement process.

The following checklist will help you remember what information about the decedent and items will be needed when meeting with a funeral director.

- 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)

- Highest education

- Occupation

- Deed to Cemetery Lot

- Clothing

- Clergy name and phone number

- Survivors (name and relationship)

- Insurance policies (if applicable) 

Sray Webster Funeral Home will be honored to explain all of the options available to you.