When a loved one dies at home or in a place that isn’t a healthcare facility, you’ll need to contact emergency personnel before they can be taken into our care. If your loved one was under hospice care, you must first contact the hospice agency for a nurse to be sent.
If your loved one dies in a healthcare facility, they will notify the proper authorities, including the funeral home you have chosen to care for your loved one, if they know that information.
Once we receive the call that your loved one has died, we will send our representatives as soon as possible. If you are present when we arrive, we will talk briefly about your intentions as far as services are concerned, and set up a time when we meet to discuss arrangements in detail. If you are not present when we arrive, we will call the next of kin upon our return to the funeral home. If we’ve been dispatched in the middle of the night, we won’t call and wake the next of kin until morning.
This part of the process is often the most emotional, and we are here to help and support you. If you’re not sure what to do, call us any time.
You’ll want to notify close friends and relatives, both through personal phone calls as well as your loved one’s death notice. If this process is too painful for you, it’s absolutely okay to ask a trusted family member or friend to help you.
This also is the time to review any of your loved one’s preplanned funeral wishes and meet with a funeral director to begin planning their service. If your loved one did not preplan their funeral, you might want to start thinking about a few of the big choices you will need to make, such as:
These questions are just a starting point, and you don't need to know the answers right away. Don’t hesitate to contact us to gain a better understanding of your options. We're here to make this process easier for you.
When you meet with a member of our staff to discuss your arrangements, we'll ask you about your loved one to gain an understanding of the person the services will honor. Use this time to communicate your ideas and preferences, share your loved one's life story, revisit memories, and highlight their accomplishments. Our professionals will use this information to guide you in the creation of a personalized, meaningful celebration of your loved one's life.
This process may include:
We'd like to make this process as smooth and stress-free for you as we can, so remember to bring the following information about your loved one with you as well:
Please also bring a recent photograph and any clothing you'd like us to use when dressing them for the service. At the time of arrangements, we will also provide you with a statement of funeral goods and services which will outline the costs associated with the service based upon our current general price list.
Lopatich-Brinker Funeral Home, LLC
Phone: (724) 537-2001
601 Weldon Street, Latrobe, PA 15650