When A Death Occurs

When a death happens, there is an order that you have to follow. This order is depends on where the death occurs. One thing to remember is that you will be in a heigtened emotional state which may not allow you to think clearly. We suggest you ask a friend or neighbor for help, someone that can think clearly and give your support.

Click here - download a free checklist that you can work from.

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At Home or at the workplace

When a death happens at home or in the workplace, a member of the family or a co-worker should immediately contact emergency personnel and the person's physician. If the death happens at home with family there, and that person is under a physician's care, the family will want to call Howe Mortuary directly.

If a death occurs in a their home when nobody is present at the time of death, the local authorities will need to be notified and respond before the deceased can be removed for their home.

If in any case you are not sure o what to do, you may call Howe Mortuary at (303) 776-2434, and we'll assist you in notifying the proper agencies.

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While Under Supervised Care

When a death occurs in a care facility, such as your local hospital or nursing home. The staff will notify you and authorities. If the name of the Howe Mortuary has been left with them, we will contact you immediately following the notification to help you proceed.

If a loved one was in the hospice program, a hospice staff member will give family members procedures and instructions to follow. The examiner will be notified by a hospice representative. Following their release the hospice will contact Howe Mortuary. For us to be ready as possible, call us so that we will be aware of a call coming from hospice.

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Opening the Circle

Our staff members are professionals who can provide much of the vital information you need such as emotional support and compassionate guidance.

You can ask the director questions at any time, you will be able to discuss arrangements in detail later when you meet in person. During the first call, the funeral director will gather important information so they can be able to transport your loved one to the funeral home.

The funeral director may ask you several questions, including whether your loved one made any pre-arrangements or did any pre-planning. The director will also schedule a meeting for you at the funeral home and will let you know what you should bring with you. Others you will need to call are:

- Family members and close friends

- Clergy or other spiritual advisors

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Those key Questions

If there is no pre-plan in place, there are some questions that you may have to have answered in regards to the death of your loved one:

- Do I have to have embalming?

- Do I need to purchase a casket?

- What about cemetery arrangements?

- Does the family have to engage the services of a minister?

- What type of service should we have?

By contacting Howe Mortuary, we'll be able to help answer your questions and assist in making the appropriate plans. You can reach us at (303) 776-2434.

One of the best ways to make sure that all of your desires and questions are taken care of it to make arrangements. This is as easy as outlining your wishes to having all of the specifc details down and even a financial arrangements prepaid.

Please contact one of our staff at (303) 776-2434 to learn more about pre-arrangement.

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What to Expect When You Arrive at the Funeral Home

The first thing a funeral arranger will do is to provide you with our general price list. Our funeral director will guide you through the entire arrangement process, explaining how you can make a memorable celebration . of your loved one's life. This in not a one-way conversation; we want to hear you desires and ideas, and use them as the foundation for the arrangement process.

This process may include:

- Preparing and filing the official death certificate

- Scheduling the location, date and time of services or events

- Selecting a casket, urn or other items

- Preparing an obituary notice

- Scheduling vehicles

- Selecting pallbearers

You may also sign required authorizations or make arrangements to have them signed by the appropriate family members.

At Howe Mortuary, we would like you to bring any photos, a favorite song, or memorabilia so that you and your funeral arranger can better discuss how you would like your loved one to be remembered. Having these things, and knowing their favorite song or favorite gathering place – even their favorite activity such as golf – will help us create a fitting memorial service for your loved one.

Our funeral arrangers will help you in planning a tribute that captures the spirit of the person whose life you wish to honor them. To learn more about how to personalize the service, please read the Honoring Lie section of this website. The funeral arranger will also discuss personalization and customization with you during your arrangement conference.

The following checklist will help you remember what vital information about the decedent and items will be needed when meeting with our funeral arranger.

- Full legal name- 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

- Occupation

- Place of burial (if applicable)

- Clothing

- Clergy name and phone number

- Survivors (name and relationship)

- Insurance policies (if applicable)


A staff member of Howe Mortuary & Cremation Services will be honored to explain all of the options available to you.