When Death Occurs - Spry Funeral Home

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When a death occurs, it can be difficult to think clearly and rationally about what may be involved in making funeral arrangements. In order to assist you, we have provided a list of some of the important information needed when making the arrangements. You will find it helpful to review this information prior to meeting with one of our funeral directors.

Arrangement Appointment Time
Schedule date, time, and location of services
Develop the ceremonies
Select appropriate burial or cremation merchandise
Coordinate with clergy
Coordinate services with cemetery
Coordinate with military, fraternal or religious groups for ceremonial rites
Write and submit obituary notice

Necessary Information

The following information is required, by law, to complete the death certificate:
Full Legal Name
Date of Birth
Marital Status and Name of Spouse
Father's Full Name and Mother's First and Maiden Name
Legal Residence
Years of Education
Social Security Number
State or Country of Birth
Last Occupation and Business or Industry of Occupation

Other helpful information to be brought in when making arrangements:
Military Discharge Papers (Form DD 214)
List of Surviving Relatives for Paid Newspaper Notice
Recent Photograph for Hair Styling
Insurance Papers (if used to pay for the funeral)
Cemetery Deed


A full complement of clothing is utilized, including undergarments, however shoes are not necessary. For women, a dress or outfit closed at the neckline and long sleeves are desirable. For men, a suit or sport coat is appropriate.

Personal Items

Jewelry, eye glasses and fraternal or religious items (lapel pins, medals, crosses, etc.) may be brought in when the arrangements are made, or prior to the service. On the day of the funeral, we will confirm which items you wish to be left in the casket and which are to be removed and returned to the family.

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