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A Death has Occurred

If you were present during the final moments in a loved one’s life, then you’ve been fortunate. We believe that while nothing prepares you for being present at the death of a loved one, bearing witness to their passing can bring new insights into your own capacity for selfless love and caring, renewed or intensified bonds with other family members, a new respect for siblings, or a healing of old emotional wounds. It is a priceless gift – but it’s one you may not truly value until much later.
 

So, Who Do You Call First?

Whether you were sitting right next to the bed, or was unfortunate to get a call at 2 a.m. with news of a death of someone you loved, chances are your first feelings were of “being numb” and confused. But, if you're responsible for making the funeral arrangements or executing the will, you really can’t give into the shock or grief - you’ve got to move forward, and take care of things.

What to do first depends on the circumstances of the death. When someone dies in a hospital or similar care facility, You should ask the staff who will contact the funeral home you choose


When the death occurs at home, and was expected after an illness, the first call which should be made is to your immediate  family members.   Then contact us at  Bibber Memorial Chapel. The Bibber family and our funeral professionals will care for your loved one as if was our own family member. You should know that the Funeral Director will help you:

  • Transport the body from the place of death, usually within the first hour after contact.
  • set a meeting time with the family
  • Help you contact your clergy of choice or celebrant
  • Prepare and publish the obituary
  • Obtain a death certificate
  • Select a casket, urn and/or grave marker
  • Arrange the funeral, memorial and/or burial service
  • Help notify the deceased's employer, attorney, insurance company and banks, if necessary
  • Offer grief support
  • Direct you to other resources,

In the  hours after the death, you – or a designated family member or friend – will need to notify others. We’ve found it saves multiple calls to the same person to wait until services are set and confirmed. Then, make just a few phone calls to other relatives or friends, where you ask each of them to make a phone call or two to specific people. In that way, the burden of spreading the news isn't all on you. If you are facing this situation alone, then ask a friend or neighbor to keep you company while you make these calls. In that way, you’ll be better able to cope with the firs

Don’t Forget to Call the Employer

Was your loved one employed? Then, you'll need to call his or her employer immediately, to let them know of the passing, and the resulting change in their staffing arrangements.

At some later point (most likely when the funeral is over), you should ask about the deceased's benefits and any pay, which is owed to them, including vacation or sick time.

Also ask if you or other dependents are still eligible for benefit coverage through the company. And, you might ask whether there is a life insurance policy through the employer, who the beneficiary is, and how to file a claim.
 

Call the Life Insurance Company

If your loved one had a life insurance policy, locate the related paperwork. Our knowledgeable  staff can assist you in contacting the company and help you to start the claim process. Usually the beneficiary (or the beneficiary's guardian, if a minor) must complete the claim forms and related paperwork.  Our knowledgeable staff has helped many families file insurance claims as part of our high level of service.


For more information on what's involved with funeral planning click here or contact us.

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207-985-2752 Bibber Memorial Chapel
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Email: help@bibberfuneral.com
207-985-2752 Bibber Memorial Chapel
67 Summer Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Email: help@bibberfuneral.com