- Telephone The Oaks Funeral Home: (630) 250-8588
- Inform The Oaks Funeral Home of the following information:
- Who you are
- Your telephone number
- Who has passed away, and at what time
- Where the deceased is located
- The cause of death if known, and their approximate condition
- Make an appointment immediately with The Oaks Funeral Home
- Gather information for the Death Certificate:
- Full name and middle initial of the deceased
- Date and place of birth
- Social Security number
- Military record
- Marital status
- Father's name
- Mother's name and mother's maiden name
- Select clothing and personal items for the deceased.
- Several recent photographs
- Full set of clothing, including undergarments
- Eyeglasses, dentures, etc.
- Religious symbols (cross, rosary, etc.)
- Gather Obituary Information: The Oaks Funeral Home will
normally write the article and submit to the newspaper(s).
- Decide an appropriate memorial to which gifts can be made.
(Church, Hospice, Library, School, or Charity)
- Select Pallbearers.
- Make a list and contact by telephone:
- Immediate family
- Close friends
- Employer or business colleagues
- Locate the will and notify the Lawyer and Executor.
- Arrange for members of the family or close friends to take turns
answering door or telephone. Keep a careful record of all calls.
- Arrange for childcare, if necessary.
- Arrange hospitality for visiting relatives and friends.
- Check and notify:
- All Life and Casualty Insurance Company(s)
- Death benefits
- Bank or Credit Union
- Trade Union
- Fraternal organizations
- Military organizations (American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars)
- Prepare a list of distant persons to be notified.
- Social Security
- The Oaks Funeral Home will prepare Social Security Form SSA 721.
- If checks are automatic deposit, notify bank of death.
- Check with Social Security at (800) 772-1213 to see that number
is retired, and for additional benefits.
- If deceased was living alone, notify:
- Utility companies
- Post Office - forwarding address