What to Do When Death Occurs

When a death occurs in your family, you will be faced with important tasks and decision-making during a very difficult time. You may not know what to do or when to begin making arrangements. Bearing the responsibility can be overwhelming. Remember that you are not alone. Front Range Cremation and Burial Services is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist you with the details and offer our guidance. We have compiled the following list to help guide you through the steps you will need to take when a death has occurred.

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1. After a death has occurred, notify Front Range Cremation and Burial Services by calling (720) 217-4867. The following are some questions that we may ask when you call:

  • What is the full name of the deceased?
  • What is the location of the deceased (Hospital, Nursing Facility or Residence)?
  • What is your name, address and telephone number?
  • What is the name, address and phone number of the next-of-kin?
  • The deceased’s birth date and city and state of birth
  • The deceased’s parents names, including mother’s maiden name
  • Information about the deceased’s education
  • Marital status of the deceased
  • Veteran’s discharge papers (DD214)
  • Pre-arrangement paperwork (if applicable)

2. Our staff will assist you in determining the number of copies of the death certificates that you will need and will order them for you.

3. If Social Security checks are deposited automatically, notify the bank of the death.

4. Notify insurance companies of the death (if applicable)

5. Locate the will and notify the lawyer and executor (if applicable)

6. Carefully check all life and casualty insurance and death benefits, including Social Security, credit union, trade union, fraternal, and military. Check on possible income for survivors from these sources.

7. Check promptly on all debts and installment payments, including credit cards. Some may carry insurance clauses that will cancel them. If there is to be a delay in meeting payments, consult with creditors and ask for more time before the payments are due.

8. Our staff will prepare the necessary Social Security forms.