Planning a Cremation or Funeral

At Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services we know that when a loved one passes it can be and usually is a very stressful and emotional time. But you are not alone. We are here using our vast knowledge and compassion to help ease your stress and pain. Whether your loved one’s death was expected or not, handling the aftermath can make the emotion turn into difficult decisions. We are here to answer all of your questions so you can do what is most important and that is to respectfully mourn the passing.
The list below will help you know what to do after a death occurs. But it is also important to realize that you can delegate some responsibilities to trusted relatives and friends who want to help. This is a way to ease your own emotional burden while allowing these trusted others to show respect in their own way.

STEP ONE: WHEN SOMEONE DIES, WHAT DO I IMMEDIATELY DO?

1) If your loved one is in a hospice or in a hospital, someone there will usually take care of the legal pronouncement. If this is not the case, then you should immediately call 911 and relate the circumstances.
2) As far as transporting the body of your loved one, you should call us immediately at (207) 899-4605 anytime any day day or night. One of our funeral directors is always on call. If needed, we can also help with an autopsy and follow up regarding an organ donation if that was a wish of your loved one.
3) Family members and close friends of the deceased should be notified. Let some of these people take on the responsibility of informing others.
4) If someone has been decided on prior to handle any children, pets or elderly parents, that person should be notified immediately. If the death is a sudden one, then notify someone who you trust and delegate that responsibility.
5) If your loved one was still working, then call the employer informing him of the situation and asking about life insurance, benefits and anything else pertinent to the situation.

STEP TWO: WHAT TO DO BEFORE MEETING WITH US

1) Read the will if one exists. If an executor has been named, then that person should be the focal point of handling the legal affairs and important decisions. If there is no executor, then a close family member or friend needs to be named.
2) You will need to get a death certificate and we can assist you. So gather all of the needed information plus any information that might be needed for an obituary.
3) Did your loved one leave any pre-planned or pre-paid funeral arrangements? If so, you will want to follow these wishes.
4) As far as an obituary, we will take the information you provide and work with you to produce a loving remembrance.
5) If your loved one had any military or religious affiliations that might provide burial benefits or funeral plans, we will give you information on who to contact.
There is no timetable to how long a person mourns. It could be days, weeks, months or longer. Handling death is such a personal thing. We always tell people that it’s good to either find or develop your own support system whether it be family and friends or a religious group or the local chapter of a national organization. And finally, we are always here to help.