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When a Death Has Occurred

Whether pre-arranged funeral plans were made or not, there are a number of things to do. We are here to help.

​​If the death occurred in a hospital, hospice care, or nursing home, the attending staff will notify the family first. Next, the staff will notify Bradbury Memorial Center or the chosen funeral home.

If the deceased person had not chosen a funeral home, someone will need to choose one to assist with the burial or cremation.

Bradbury Memorial Center will file required documents for the death certificate and notify Social Security. We will also begin to obtain any other necessary permits associated with burial or cremation. 

Please read our full list of what to do when a death has occurred.

If Pre-arranged Funeral Plans Were Made​

Review any pre-arranged funeral plans, insurance policies and special requests the deceased may have previously recorded. If you or another person is not listed on the deceased's bank account, you will need a certified death certificate to access the account.

If There Are No Pre-arranged Funeral Plans​

If a death occurred unexpectedly or there are no pre-planned arrangements, we are here to help.


We will help you arrange the following:

  • Selecting a casket or urn

  • Deciding what kind of service you would like to have

  • Making floral arrangements for a service

  • Transportation of the deceased

  • Merchandise for memorializing​