When Death Occurs

What to Do When a Loved One Dies

If death occurs at home, notify the funeral home first, and Boone Funeral Home staff will help in notifying other required personnel (coroner, law enforcement, etc.)

If death occurs at a healthcare facility (hospital, nursing home, hospice center, etc.), notify the funeral home and instruct the facility to notify us, as well. This insures promptness of action and less delays.

Boone Funeral Home staff is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. A staff member of the funeral home will answer all calls. An answering service is not used at our facility.

What to Expect When We Meet

A certain amount of basic information is required for state-certified death certificates and funeral home records. A form is attached below detailing this information and may be completed before coming to the funeral home to plan the services.

Other items or information to have available:

  • Information for the obituary and/or a photo
  • Veteran discharge papers (DD214)
  • Insurance policy information, if you are planning to assign the proceeds of the policy to pay for the funeral.  (A 5% fee is applied for this option.)

Once the basic information is obtained, the following items will be determined:

  • Time, place, and type of service (traditional, graveside, cremation…)
  • Selection of casket, vault, urn, or other needed items
  • Location of cemetery property
  • Signing all required and/or legal documents for services selected
  • Payment of services

After all decisions are made regarding the services, the funeral home staff will make all necessary notifications: church, minister(s), cemetery, pallbearers, etc.