When Death Occurs

When death occurs, decisions can be overshadowed by emotions. Family support and friends will help to relieve the emotional strain of making arrangements.  Loved ones responsible for making arrangements should have at least one other individual to assist them at this time.

The funeral director will need to be provided with statistical information to complete and file the death certificate as required by law.  Information needed is listed below:

  1. Full name of the deceased
  2. Residence of the deceased
  3. Marital status
  4. Date of birth
  5. Birthplace
  6. Occupation
  7. Father’s name
  8. Mother’s full maiden name
  9. Social Security Number
  10. Military service information
  11. Highest level of education

Additional Info

Accuracy on the death certificate is very important as this is a legal document that is permanently filed with the Florida State Health Department.  Certified copies of the death certificate are issued by the Division of Vital Records at the Health Department.  The funeral director can assist you in securing the number of copies that you may need.

In order to coordinate the service time, the religious preference and name of the individual that you wish to preside over the ceremony is needed. If you have no preference or the person you desire is unavailable, the funeral director can assist in contacting a Minister, Priest, or Rabbi to officiate.

If possible, have available the deed to the cemetery property that shows the name of the lot owner and the site location. If the original deed is not available, the name(s) of the property owner(s) will generally be sufficient in locating the gravesite. If you do not own cemetery property, the funeral director can assist you in locating a grave at a reasonable cost.

When viewing is desired, a recent photo and clothing should be provided. Specifically designed, inexpensive burial garments are available if necessary.  Casket selection and prices vary. The funeral director will provide you with a price list and assist you in making a selection that if affordable for you.

The funeral director is available to also assist you in preparing the death notice for the newspaper, arranging transportation, and giving you advise regarding benefits that you may be entitled to (social security and veteran’s allowances) and provide you with the required forms as applicable.

Social Security

Social Security Administation

How Social Security Can Help You When A Family Member Dies

Social Security should be notified as soon as possible when a person dies. In most cases, the funeral director will report the person’s death to Social Security. You will need to furnish the funeral director with the deceased’s Social Security number so he or she can make the report.

For more information and to find copies of our publications, visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov or call toll- free, 1-800-772-1213 (for the deaf or hard of hearing, call our TTY number, 1-800-325-0778).

Veterans Benefits

US Department of Veterans Affairs

VA operates 131 national cemeteries in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Burial and memorial benefits are available for eligible service members, Veterans, and family members.

Coping with Grief

Coping with Grief

Losing someone or something you love or care deeply about is very painful. You may experience all kinds of difficult emotions and it may feel like the pain and sadness you’re experiencing will never let up. These are normal reactions to a significant loss. But while there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can renew you and permit you to move on.

Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief will be. You may associate grief with the death of a loved one—which is often the cause of the most intense type of grief

The single most important factor in healing from loss is having the support of other people. Even if you are not comfortable talking about your feelings under normal circumstances, it’s important to express them when you’re grieving. Sharing your loss makes the burden of grief easier to carry. Wherever the support comes from, accept it and do not grieve alone. Connecting to others will help you heal.

Finding support after a loss

Turn to friends and family members – Now is the time to lean on the people who care about you, even if you take pride in being strong and self-sufficient. Draw loved ones close, rather than avoiding them, and accept the assistance that’s offered. Oftentimes, people want to help but don’t know how, so tell them what you need—whether it’s a shoulder to cry on or help with funeral arrangements.

Draw comfort from your faith – If you follow a religious tradition, embrace the comfort its mourning rituals can provide. Spiritual activities that are meaningful to you—such as praying, meditating, or going to church—can offer solace. If you’re questioning your faith in the wake of the loss, talk to a clergy member or others in your religious community.

Join a support group – Grief can feel very lonely, even when you have loved ones around. Sharing your sorrow with others who have experienced similar losses can help. To find a bereavement support group in your area, contact local hospitals, hospices, funeral homes, and counseling centers.

Talk to a therapist or grief counselor – If your grief feels like too much to bear, call a mental health professional with experience in grief counseling. An experienced therapist can help you work through intense emotions and overcome obstacles to your grieving.