When You Meet with the Funeral Home

Without a doubt, this is a difficult time for you and your loved ones. Yet, it is comforting to know every member of the funeral home staff will be there to do their utmost to make this difficult time a little bit easier.

Would You Like Someone to Go with You?

Perhaps you would like another member of the family, a close friend, or a neighbor to come along with you when you first visit the funeral home. While it’s not necessary to bring someone with you for moral support, it can be very beneficial.

Please do not hesitate to ask someone to join you. Chances are they will be honored at your request, and gladly step up to help you during this time.

Who is Responsible for Making the Decisions?

It is important to know exactly who is legally responsible for making the final decisions for a loved one. If the deceased has not expressed their wishes through a written legal document such as a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, or a Last Will and Testament, where the deceased has designated an agent to fulfill their wishes; then the chain of command is commonly as follows:

  • Legal Spouse/Partner
  • Surviving Adult Children
  • Surviving Parent
  • Surviving Adult Sibling

If you have questions about the accepted kinship-related order of precedence, or are unclear as to who is the responsible person in funeral planning, call us.
Have You Gathered the Necessary Documents?

When a loved one dies, it is not just an emotional matter for those left behind; it is a legal one which requires the timely completion of paperwork. We, at Schildknecht Funeral Home, will assist you in completing your loved one’s Death Certificate, Obituary, or any other necessary legal documents.

To assist the funeral home in preparing all the necessary documents, it’s helpful to bring some of the following things with you:

  • Deceased’s Birth Certificate
  • Deceased’s Military Discharge Papers
  • Deceased’s Social Security Number
  • Deceased’s Life Insurance Policy
  • Deceased’s Funeral Pre-arrangement Documents (if available)
  • Deceased’s Cemetery Information (if available)
  • Obituary Draft

If you have questions about the legal documents you should bring with you, please feel free to contact us.