The death of a special person is often unexpected. Knowing what to do next, and where to find support and information, can help make a difficult time just a little easier.
Funeral costs vary widely based upon the desires of the decedent and his or her family. All funeral directors are required by law to provide pricing information over the telephone, and many offer general information about cost on their websites.
Certified Death Certificates are important documents that you will need to complete a variety of post mortem tasks, such as: file for life insurance benefits, transfer or close bank accounts and credit cards, and transfer home or auto property titles. Death certificates can be obtained at the funeral home, or by contacting the appropriate state agency; in Illinois, contact the Illinois Department of Public Health, in Indiana, contact the Indiana State Department of Health. There are costs associated with requesting death certificates. It’s a good idea to think about all the legal and financial reasons you may need a death certificate, and order them all at the same time to avoid additional processing fees down the road. It’s also a good idea to order a few more than you think you might need, just in case.
One of the most common fears families experience when facing the loss of a loved one is whether they can afford funeral and burial arrangements. The following list of federal, state, religious and other charity resources are examples of programs and services that may provide financial assistance with funeral, burial and/or cremation assistance. If your loved one was a police officer, fire fighter, teacher, member of a fraternity or sorority, or other organization, there may also be assistance programs available through their membership.