The overwhelming feelings of despair, disbelief, shock, and numbness caused by the passing of a loved one cannot be conveyed by mere words. Even when the death is expected, the pain that loss brings can still be devastating. In truth, no one is completely prepared for the death of someone close to their heart.
During this difficult time, there are decisions to be made immediately, arrangements to be coordinated, and a lot of things to be considered for your loved one’s final farewell. We understand how this may feel overwhelming, especially with the grief you’re feeling over the loss. Please know that we are here to help and support you.
On this page, we’ve put together helpful information to guide you through this process.
Notify Proper Authorities
If your loved one passes away while under the care of a facility — such as a nursing home or a hospital — staff from the facility will contact you and notify appropriate authorities themselves.
If the death occurred in the workplace or at home, you will need to get in touch with his/her physician or emergency medical personnel, as the cause of death must be identified and indicated in legal documents.
In the event that no one was present at the time of death, you will need to contact the police before moving the deceased to another location.
Call The Funeral Home
Our caring funeral director can assist you with your funeral arrangements. We will collect information from you in order to facilitate the transfer of your loved one’s remains to our facility. You would also be asked if the deceased has made pre-arrangements and whether or not you’d like for him/her to be embalmed. While of course you can ask any questions you have in your mind during this call, note that once you visit the funeral home, we can discuss the arrangements in greater detail.
During this call, you’ll also be informed about the things that you need to bring with you like the clothes your deceased loved one will use for the burial. Feel free to call us whenever you feel the need to. Remember that we are here to listen to you, help you, and guide you during this difficult and trying time.
On your first meeting with us, we will discuss the arrangements for your loved one’s burial. You will be shown a list of our packages/services so you can decide what suits your family’s preferences and budget. You will be asked whether you’d prefer burial or cremation arrangements and optionally you would select a casket, schedule a time and date for the services, decide on the location of the burial, draft an obituary notice, arrange for vehicle services, and select pallbearers.
We would also use this opportunity to inquire about your loved one for us to have a better understanding of the person the services will honor. It will be extremely helpful if you can bring some memorabilia — photos, videos, treasured items, letters — that would give us a clearer picture on how you envision paying tribute to your loved one.
File For A Death Certificate
A death certificate is a legal document indicating the cause of death, including other vital statistics pertaining to the deceased, signed by the attending physician. In case your loved one died due to an accident, a coroner or the county medical examiner may prepare the form. If you feel that you need assistance in filing for this legal document with the state, we can help you. Certified copies of the death certificate can also be purchased at the same time. These certified copies are important when gaining access to bank accounts and safety deposit boxes, claiming for benefits due to the family (like the Veteran’s benefits or insurance claims), and transferring or selling ownership of properties.
The next important steps are:
Filing the death certificate. Washington law requires you to file the death certificate with the local registrar within three business days after the death and before the burial or cremation.
Contacting a funeral director or other authorized person to arrange the burial or cremation if you are the ‘Designated Agent’. Washington law determines who has the right to make funeral arrangements. If the deceased had a pre-paid funeral arrangement, this needs to be located and the appropriate funeral director contacted.
Getting a permit from the local registrar to transport the body for burial or cremation. You must obtain this permit within three business days after the death and before the burial or cremation.
Locating the deceased’s will and/or trust and identifying the Personal Representative (if named). The Personal Representative is an executor, an administrator or a trustee.
Notifying the deceased’s doctor and lawyer (if any) and the Personal Representative and/or Trustee.
Filing a probate case with the court. The person named as the Executor of the will does the filing. The Executor is responsible for carrying out the deceased wishes as set out in the will and for paying creditors and distribute the assets. It is not a legal requirement to hire an attorney, but it could be very helpful.
Discussing and planning the funeral and/or memorial service with the family and the funeral director.
Price-Helton Funeral Home | 702 Auburn Way N. | Auburn,
WA98002 | Tel: 253-833-1165 | Fax: 253-288-0275 |
Price-Helton Funeral Home | 702 Auburn Way N. | Auburn,
WA98002 | Tel: 253-833-1165 | Fax: 253-288-0275 | | Directions
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The State of Washington has clarified Proclamation 20-25 regarding funerals during Phase II of the reopening plan. Governor Inslee recognizes the critical role that funeral, embalmer and cemetery licensees play during this unprecedented time. Licensed funeral homes and cemeteries may conduct funeral services in a funeral home or graveside under the following conditions:
1. Hold indoor services at a place of worship with up to 25% capacity or 50 individuals, whichever is less, (excluding organization staff).
2. Maintain minimum six-foot separation between all employees, members, and visitors in all interactions and at all times.
3. Inform all guests that they must self-screen for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before arriving at the location.
PLEASE KNOW: This does not affect our ability to serve families in their time of need. We are allowed to host funeral services following the guidelines in Governor Inslee’s proclamation and recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. We remain available by telephone at 253-833-1165 24 hours a day. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.