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What Happens Next
After the death of a loved one, you may need emotional support and clerical assistance to guide you through what happens next. During this time, Funeral Alternatives of Washington will help you step-by-step through memorial planning, helping you get the necessary documentation together so that you can begin the healing process.
Experienced and Caring Staff Always Available
Working with knowledgeable funeral home staff will remove some stress from funeral planning. We have the information you need and the emotional support you seek. Our funeral directors and staff are here to answer any questions and discuss the details of the arrangements.
Once your loved one is transported into our care, we’ll schedule a date and time to make arrangements in person or by phone. We will explain the information you need to complete the arrangements.
The funeral director will also ask if there are arrangements in place. If there are none, we will assist you in every way we can through the difficulties of losing a loved one and the planning process.
The best way to avoid any confusion or stress is to have funeral arrangements in place. To discuss how to outline your wishes and strategically set up financial arrangements, simply contact us.
What to Expect at the Funeral Home
Upon your initial visit to the funeral home after the death of a loved one, a funeral arranger will share a general price list with you. As we guide you through the arrangement process, we work to carefully explain how you can design the perfect celebration of life. You know your loved one best, so we listen to your wishes and create a plan based on them.
The arrangement process may include the following:
- Preparing and filing the official death certificate
- Scheduling the date, location, and time for the service
- Selecting a casket, urn or other items
- Choosing a permanent memorialization item for burial or inurnment
- Preparing an obituary notice
- Scheduling vehicles
- Selecting pallbearers
- Signing necessary authorizations or making arrangements to have them signed by the appropriate individuals
If you have a favorite song in mind or want to share photos and other memorabilia, bring them in. A funeral arranger can help you include these pieces within the service. We will help you create a heartfelt, meaningful tribute to your loved one.
What Information Will the Funeral Director Need?
Small details can be hard to remember at the easiest of times, never mind after the death of a loved one. This helpful checklist shows what information and items from the deceased will be needed for your meeting with the funeral arranger:
- Full legal name and home address
- Social Security number
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Father's name
- Mother's maiden name
- Veteran's discharge papers (DD-214)
- Recent Photograph
- Highest education
- Place of burial (if applicable)
- Clergy name and phone number
- Survivors (name and relationship)
- Insurance policies (if applicable)
If you have urgent questions or needs, we’re here for you. You can call (360) 523-2489.