There are several parts of any funeral process that are both stressful and no fun to deal with, particularly after the loss of a loved one. One small added bit of complexity here occurs if the loved one in question passes in a place that’s reasonably far away from their home or the area where the family has pre-planned funeral or burial proceedings for them.
At Lindquist Mortuaries, we’re here to put your mind at ease in any case where this happens to a loved one of yours. We have a wide variety of cemetery options, and part of our funeral planning services involve assisting families who need to arrange the transportation of their departed loved one to one of our locations. This is a collaborative process where different funeral homes will work together in many cases; let’s look at the steps you should take in such cases.
If your loved one dies away from home or in a city or state where their service will not be held, the first step to take is contacting a local funeral home in the area in question. Funeral homes like ours expect these kinds of calls every now and again, even from clients who do not plan to utilize our funeral, burial or cremation services.
Any reputable funeral home will be happy to assist in transporting your loved one from the local hospital or nursing home to their mortuary, and then to the city in which their service will be held. They will also be able to offer some recommendations on good funeral homes in your area if you have not already arranged one.
If you have already made advanced contact with a funeral home like ours to pre-plan elements of your loved one’s burial or service, you might be all set here. If not, however, canvass your options and select one, then inform both them and the local funeral home you’ve called of your plans.
From here, you’ll have to provide basic information to both funeral homes, including names, addresses, social security numbers and contact information. If you have power of attorney or other documents that govern the situation, you may be required to fax or email these over.
In cases where a will or other family plans dictate a funeral or service be held outside the United States, you’ll have to look at the requirements of the country desired before you can move forward. Each country has its own set of rules here, often featuring permit requirements, costs involving translated documents, and even embassy-related factors.
For more on ensuring proper transportation for a loved one who dies in a separate location from their desired funeral service, or to learn about any of our burial or cremation services, speak to the staff at Lindquist Mortuaries today.