When a Death Occurs

When a Death Occurs

When a death occurs in your family, 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. Bearing the responsibility can be overwhelming. Remember that you are not alone.

Bryant Funeral Homes & Crematory 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.

  1. After a death has occurred, notify Bryant Funeral Homes & Crematory by calling 603-752-1344. Are there any prearrangements in place?

    If the next of kin and family are present during the transfer, our staff will then set an appointment time for you to come in and finalize funeral arrangements. If family is not present, we will contact the next of kin soon after making the transfer, to set an appointment. Below are some of the items that we will need at the time of the arrangement conference.
    • Clothing: We ask for clothing for all decedents entrusted to our care. Even if your loved one will not be viewed prior to burial or cremation. We ask that you bring undergarments, long sleeve shirt or dress, and pants or skirt.
    • Veterans discharge papers (if applicable)
  1. If you are a person of faith, we will assist you coordinating date, time and service location with the clergy of your choice.
  2. The funeral home will assist you in determining the number of copies of the death certificates that you will need and will order them for you.
  3. Make a list of family, friends and business colleagues, and notify each by phone. You may wish to use a "branching" system: make a few phone calls to other relatives or friends and ask each of them to make a phone call or two to specific people.
  4. Decide on an appropriate charity to which gifts may be made (church, hospice, library, organization, school). (if desired)
  5. Using the information provided to the Funeral Director, we will assist you in creating a draft of the obituary that can be edited and added to. We ask that you bring a color photograph that you would like to use for the obituary with you at the time of the arrangement conference. We will place the obituary on our website and social media accounts at no cost to you, and will forward the obituary to any newspapers you desire (most newspapers do charge to submit obituaries).
  6. If Social Security checks are deposited automatically, notify the bank of the death.
  7. Coordinate the food supply in your home for the next several days.
  8. Delegate special needs of the household, such as cleaning, food preparation, etc., to friends and family who offer their help.
  9. Arrange for child care, if necessary.
  10. Arrange hospitality for visiting relatives and friends. Your funeral director will be happy to recommend local accommodations if necessary.
  11. Discuss Pall Bearer selection with your funeral director, depending on the services selected. You may wish to remain cognoscente of lifting difficulties during this process.
  12. Plan for the disposition of flowers after the funeral (to a church, hospital or rest home). If family members do not wish to take any remaining flowers after the services have concluded, the funeral home is happy to donate them to local organizations as requested.
  13. Prepare a list of distant friends and relatives to be notified by letter and/or printed notice.
  14. 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 yous" to those who have given their time, as well.
  15. Notification of Insurance companies of the death. The funeral home is happy to offer assistance in this area.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. If the deceased was living alone, notify the utility companies and landlord and tell the post office where to send the mail.
  19. Your funeral director will notify the Social Security Administration for you. They do not need a Certified Death Certificate.

Bryant Funeral Homes & Crematory

Funeral Home Office Hours:

Our personnel are available 24 hours a day to assist families who have experienced a death. Due to the nature of our business, our availability varies. Generally, our office is staffed
Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
After Hours by Appointment

Please CONTACT US at any time with questions, comments, or inquiries. We will respond as soon as possible.

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