When someone you know dies, the order in which things need to be done depends on where the death occurred. But, one thing always remains the same: your heightened emotional state. That's why so many families are relieved knowing they have found a trusted friend and advisor in Anderson-McQueen where over 50,000 residents have been served with dignity and compassion over the last 57 years. However, if you would feel more comfortable, we encourage you to ask a friend, relative, or even a neighbor to come to our funeral home with you.
When a death occurs at home or in the workplace, a family member or co-worker should contact emergency personnel and the person's physician if he or she was under a doctor's care. If in any case you are not sure of who to notify or what to do, you may call Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, and we'll assist you in notifying the proper agencies.
When a death occurs in a care facility, such as a hospital or nursing home, the professional staff will notify you and the necessary authorities. If the name of the funeral home has been left with them, the institution will notify the funeral home at the time of the death. The funeral director will contact you immediately (until it is in the middle of the night in which case we will call you first thing in the morning in case you are trying to rest) following their notification to help you proceed. (However, we suggest you contact our funeral home immediately if you prefer, so you've got the reassurance you need that all is taken care of properly. One of our funeral directors is always available 24 hours each day of the year).
If a loved one was in the care of a hospice program, a hospice representative will give family members instructions and procedures to follow. The medical examiner will be notified by hospice. Following their release the hospice will contact our funeral home. It is always a good idea for the family to contact us immediately so that we will be aware of the pending call from hospice.
Our staff members are experienced professionals who can provide much of the information you need, emotional support and compassionate guidance.
While you may ask our director any questions at this time, you will be able to discuss the arrangements in detail later when you meet in person. During this initial call, our funeral director will gather information to be able to transfer your loved one to our care.
Our funeral director may ask you several questions, including whether your loved one made any pre-arrangements. Our director will also schedule a date and time for you to meet at our funeral home and will let you know what you should bring with you.
Others you will need to call are:
There are several other questions that you may have in regards to the death of your loved one:
By contacting our staff, we'll be able to help answer your questions and assist in making the appropriate plans. You can reach us at (727) 822-2059.
However, one of the best ways to make sure that all of your questions and desires are taken care of is to make pre-arrangements. This is as simple as outlining your wishes, to having all of the details written down, and the financial arrangements prepaid. Please contact one of our staff at (727) 822-2059 to learn more about pre-arrangement.
When you visit us, our funeral arranger will provide you with price lists and guide you through the entire arrangement process, explaining how you can create a memorable personal celebration of your loved one's life.
The arrangement process may include:
You may also sign necessary authorizations or make arrangements to have them signed by the appropriate family members.
Feel free to bring any photos, music or memorabilia so that you and our funeral arranger can discuss how you would like your loved one to be remembered. More and more people today choose to personalize the funeral services they plan for their loved ones. A favorite song, a favorite gathering place, even a favorite activity can all become part of the service. Our funeral arrangers will listen and assist you in planning a loving tribute that captures the spirit of the person whose life you wish to honor. To learn more about personalizing the service, please read the Honoring Life section of this Web site. Our funeral arranger will discuss personalization with you during your arrangement conference.
The following checklist will help you remember what information about the decedent and items will be needed when meeting with a funeral arranger.
A staff member of Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home will be honored to explain all of the options available to you.