Where to Start

Where to Start

Planning a funeral can be overwhelming, but you are not alone in this. We’re here to support you throughout this journey and make this process one of love, healing, and life celebration. If you have experienced a death, call us at (603) 752-1344

When you first begin the process of designing a funeral, the decisions you'll face might seem overwhelming.

If the funeral was not pre-planned, you may have questions about where to start. We've put together some of the important information you will need to make the initial decisions, reach out to the appropriate people, and begin the process of putting together your loved one's final farewell. Remember that as soon as you begin to cope with your loss, it's often a good idea to enlist one of your trusted friends for help and support in making the necessary arrangements.

If you have any questions about your next steps, the options available to you, or what the funeral process will entail, we'd be honored to walk you through this information in more detail and answer your questions. Don't hesitate to contact us for anything you might need.

When a Death Occurs

Your initial call with our team will allow us to inquire about any prearrangements in place and gather the information we need to transport your loved one to the funeral home, but you can take this time to ask any questions you may have and resolve any concerns. At later meetings, you'll be able to discuss your arrangements in greater detail, but we are always available in your time of need to provide emotional support, a sympathetic ear, and careful guidance.

If you are ever unsure of whom you should notify or what your next steps should be, please call us for assistance in determining the appropriate course of action for your particular situation. Below we have included some information on certain common situations.

Unexpected Deaths: When a death occurs unexpectedly and your loved one is not under hospice care, you will first have to contact emergency personnel. The authorities will respond and guide you further. Ultimately they will notify our team when they are ready for us to respond and transfer you loved one into our care.

Hospital: If a death has occured in a hospital, the medical staff will guide you through the first steps. The staff at the North Country Hospitals are very good at notifying us of the death, so you do not have to worry about making the initial call. However, when your loved one is at a large facility, we strongly recommend you call us directly, explain where your loved one is and we will immediately begin working with the facility to transfer your loved one back into our care.

Hospice Care: If your loved one is under the care of hospice or palliative care, you should contact them directly. They will normally notify the funeral home for you.

Out of Area Deaths: If a death occurs outside the area or the state but wish us to assist you with funeral arrangements, please contact us first. After gathering all the necessary initial information, we will contact a funeral home in your area to represent us and work with us to get your loved one home. While there may be some transportation cost involved, it is often less expensive to utilize the services of one funeral home for the entire process than using two different firms in two different locations. Every situation is different. Contact our staff at any time for assistance or information.

Within the First Couple Days

After you've taken care of the initial necessary arrangements, you will want to notify friends and relatives of the death. If it is too painful for you to do this yourself, there is nothing wrong with soliciting the help of a trusted friend to make the calls in your place. Now is the time to review any prearranged wishes or plans your loved one may have put into place, meet with the Funeral Director to discuss your options and begin designing a funeral. We will assist you to write an obituary to place online, social media and local newspapers.

Other Questions You May Have

If your loved one has not specified any arrangements or preferences beforehand, there are some initial questions you will likely need to answer when you consult with the funeral home:

  • What sort of funeral or memorial service should I plan?
  • Are there any religious traditions or customs I need to plan for?
  • Should I engage the services of a clergy member, spiritual leader, or perhaps a celebrant?

These questions are just a starting point, and you don't need to know the answers right away. Start thinking about your decisions. When you are ready, contact us to gain a better understanding of your options and discuss what might be the most appropriate solution for you. We are here to make the process easier for you. We can start by making sure that you have all of the right information and guidance you'll need.

What to Expect When You Meet With Us

When you meet with one of our Funeral Directors to discuss final arrangements, we will provide you with a general price list to give you a basic idea of our service costs. As we walk you through the entire arrangement process, we will ask you questions about your loved one to gain a better understanding of the person the service will honor. Use this time to communicate your ideas and preferences, share your loved one's story, revisit memories, and highlight their accomplishments. Our professionals will use this information to guide you in the creation of a personalized, meaningful celebration of your loved one's unique journey. Remember, there are no “stupid questions”. This process may include:

  • Gathering necessary vital statistic information to prepare and file the death certificate with the State of New Hampshire or state where the death occurred.
  • Scheduling the services and events (including the location, date, and time)
  • Selecting the casket, urn, or other products you may need or desire
  • Drafting an obituary
  • Selecting pallbearers

To help express your loved one's personality and life story, feel free to bring any memorabilia, such as photos, videos, music, crafts, or treasured items. Even if you're not sure how a particular aspect of their life might be incorporated, don't hesitate to ask; we can often make unique suggestions on a way to add that element as a special touch to their service. Throughout the years we have incorporated motorcycles, antique cars, tractors, fire department apparatus, quilts, fishing equipment and more!

Information You'll Need

We would like to make this process as smooth and stress-free for you as possible, and you can come prepared for your meeting by making sure that you have the following information about your loved one on hand when you meet with our professionals to discuss your arrangements:

  • Full legal name
  • home address
  • Social Security number
  • Date and place of birth
  • Father's name and mother's maiden name
  • Veterans discharge papers (DD-214) or equivalent, if applicable
  • Highest education
  • Occupation
  • Chosen place of burial, if applicable
  • Clergy name and phone number, if applicable
  • Names and relationships of survivors
  • Insurance policy information, if applicable

**Please also bring a recent photograph and any clothing you'd like us to use when dressing them for the service or cremation**

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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