After death has occurred, it is the duty of a hospital representative, hospice nurse, paramedic, or, in certain cases, a medical examiner investigator to contact the Calvin Funeral Home at (269) 621-4101 and make the first contact. The following information will be required when the first call is made:
- Full name of the deceased.
- Location of the deceased, whether it is in a hospital, nursing home, the decedent's residence, etc.
- Next of Kin's contact information, including their name, telephone number and relationship.
- Information on the physician signing the death certificate.
After the initial contact has been made, one of our funeral representatives will contact the next of kin to express our condolences and make a time for them to come into our funeral home to begin the arrangement process. Any additional members of the immediate family may also attend the arrangement conference. Here are some things to consider having with you or be thinking about when you come in and meet with the funeral director:
- Decedent's social security number and their basic information.
- The deceased's date of birth, along with the city and state they were born in.
- The deceased's relative information, including parents, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, etc.
- The deceased's educational background, including how far they went in school.
- The deceased's marital status; whether they are single, married, widowed, never married, etc.
- If deceased has insurance or is a veteran of our armed forces, please bring in those papers.
After the next of kin and their family members make the initial arrangements, here are some more things that, you, as a family, should be thinking about in the lead-up to the burial, cremation or memorial service: