Planning a Funeral After a Sudden Death

By: Jacklyn Hutchens
Saturday, April 30, 2022

When a loved one passes unexpectedly, we feel overwhelming sadness and grief. And it can be really difficult to plan for a funeral when you are at a heightened state of emotion. You might not have an idea on where to begin with the arrangements.

But know that you are not alone. With the help of family members and a funeral director you can accomplish the essential tasks to be carried on during this difficult time. If you don’t know where to start, here are a few examples on what you can do after a sudden death of a loved one. Read on to learn more.

Notify the Right People First

There are different people to notify when a person passes away. If they are at work or at home,  a workmate or a family member should notify a medical professional to pronounce the death of a person.

If a person dies alone at home or there’s no other person to record the time of death, a family member should notify the authorities first before removing the body from the property. This ensures that there was no foul play involved.

However, if the death occurred under medical care, then a loved one can call a funeral service or cremation service directly. Make sure to contact a funeral or cremation service for at-need funeral services.

Arrange the Transportation of the Body

The phone call you’ll make with the authorities, the funeral home, or a coroner, will determine where your loved one will be taken. In most scenarios, they’ll be taken to the funeral home or crematorium of your choosing.

In the event that they passed away far from their home, you’ll need to plans with two funeral homes. The first funeral home will prepare and transport the body to the second funeral home. And then, the second one will prepare for the ceremonies and bring the deceased to their final resting place.

Plan the Burial Service

After everything is in order and all arrangements are made, the next step is to schedule and finalize the details of the ceremony. The time of the ceremony, the funeral program, and the songs to be played are planned out and finalized to move on with the burial. Get in touch with a funeral home or cremation service to help finalize all the details.

Plan the Final Resting Place

When a loved one passes unexpectedly, you are tasked to plan out whether to have a burial or cremation. Most people will opt for a traditional burial, as it’s more widely accepted across religions.

But if you’re leaning towards cremation, you can have more options on what to do with the ashes. You can create a mural, scatter their ashes, and even put them in jewelry so that you can carry them anywhere. And if you’re looking for a trusted cremation service, you can call Direct Cremation services of VA. We can help you with at-need funeral services and more. Call us today!

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