When a death occurs, one phone call to us is all that is necessary and we will handle everything else. Depending upon the location of and the circumstances surrounding the death, we will know what steps are necessary in obtaining the proper authorization to transfer the deceased to our facility and to begin serving the family. In addition to assisting the family with service arrangements, we will create and file all necessary legal documents and permits. All of these activities are included in our professional service fees. If the death occurs in a hospital, nursing home or other care facility, the next of kin will need to have the facility call us when they are ready for us to transfer the deceased to our establishment. If the death occurs at a private residence, the next of kin may contact us immediately and we can determine the next steps to take.
*Please note that Virginia law requires the funeral director to obtain permission for cremation from all living family members that are of equal degree of next of kin. The funeral director can further explain this need.
Some items needed at the arrangement conference: