muslim funeral services

What to do when a death occurs

Things to do with the funeral home
1. Make an appointment with the funeral home. The funeral home will help coordinate arrangements with the cemetery.

2. Decide on the time and place of the funeral or memorial service.

3. The funeral home will assist you in determining the number of copies of the death certificates you will need and can order them. Vital statistic requirements are typically:

Birth date
Birth place
Father’s name
Mother’s maiden name
Social Security Number
Veteran’s Discharge or Claim Number
Marital Status

4. Gather information so the funeral home may write the obituary and submit it to the newspaper. Information typically needed in addition to the above will be:

College degrees
Memberships held
Military service
Outstanding work
List of survivors
Time and place of services

5. Verify that the funeral director will file form SSA721 with the Social Security Administration. This form will retire that Social Security number.

Things to do with the family
1. Contact your clergy and your loved one’s clergy.

2. Compile a list of immediate family, close friends, employer, business colleagues for you and your loved one. Begin to notify each by phone.

3. Decide on appropriate memorial to which donations can be given (church, hospice, library, charity, school, foundation, etc.).

4. Arrange for members of family or close friends to take turns answering the door and phone. You may want to keep a careful record for reference later.

5. Select the pallbearers and notify the funeral home. Consider designating those with health problems as honorary pallbearers.

6. Decide where you would like the flowers to be distributed after the muslim funeral services. Notify the funeral home.

7. Make list and mailing plan of distant persons to be notified by letter or printed notice.

8. Make list of people to receive thank-you notes, either printed or hand written. Be certain to include those who not only sent gifts, flowers, donations, food, etc, but those who donated their time.

Immediate Household Needs
1. Coordinate the supplying of food for the next several days. Friends and family may offer items.

2. Determine what household needs can be handled by friends (cleaning, yardwork, feeding the pets, etc.)

3. Arrange for child care if necessary.

4. Arrange hospitality for visiting relatives or friends.

Financial Items
1. Locate the will and notify the lawyer and/or executor.

2. Notify insurance companies. Check carefully all life and casualty insurance for death benefits. Include Social Security, credit union, trade union, fraternal, military and even credit cards. You may also want to see if there are any available benefits for survivors.

3. Notify the bank of the death.

4. Check promptly on all debts and installment payments, including credit cards. There may be an insurance clause which could provide additional benefits. If you anticipate a delay in making payments, call creditors to advise them of the situation and ask for an extension.

5. If deceased was living alone, notify the landlord and all utilities.

6. Inform the post office if an address change is needed.