The following program is designed to allow Roper and Sons Funeral Home to better serve you during your time of loss. If you have not already scheduled a meeting with one of our Funeral Directors, please contact us at 402-476-1225.
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When a death occurs in your family, you will be faced with important tasks and decision-making during a very difficult time. You may not know what to do or when to begin making arrangements. Bearing the responsibility can be overwhelming. Remember that you are not alone. Roper and Sons Funeral Home is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist you with the details and offer our guidance.
1. Notify family and friends.
- Call immediate family members first: parents, grandparents, children and siblings of the deceased. Do not worry about waking others. Grief researchers say those close to the deceased feel left out if they aren’t told about death immediately. Although it may be difficult to do, telling others of a death is therapeutic. By saying aloud that a loved one has died, the death is confirmed in your mind – an important step in the grief process.
- Keep in mind that it is not necessary or practical for you to call every family member and friend. News of a death travels quickly, others will make sure everyone is notified.
2. The hospital, hospice, or Sheriff will notify Roper & Sons of the death.
A funeral director will contact you, or you may contact us at 402-476-1225. Some of the questions you will be asked include:
- What is the full name of the deceased?
- What is your name, address and telephone number?
- What is the name, address and phone number of the next-of-kin?
- Is there a pre-arranged funeral plan?
We will then set an appointment time for you to come to the funeral home to complete the details of the funeral arrangement. We will ask you to bring in some items and information:
- Clothing for the deceased
- Social security number of the deceased
- The deceased’s birth date and city and state of birth
- The deceased’s parents’ names, including mother’s maiden name
- Marital status of the deceased
- Veteran’s discharge papers
- A recent photograph of the deceased
- Cemetery lot information (if applicable)
Information about the deceased’s education
3. Arrangement Meetings
During your arrangement meeting, with your help, your funeral director will:
- Contact your clergy
- Decide on a time and place for the funeral or memorial service
- Assist in determining the number of copies of death certificates you will need and order them
- Decide on an appropriate charity to which gifts may be made
- Gather obituary information, including a photo, age, place of birth, occupation, college degrees, memberships held, military service, awards, and a list of survivors in the immediate family. Your funeral director will help write the obituary and submit it to the newspaper(s)
- Select pallbearers or honorary pallbearers
- Notify Social Security
3. Follow Up Tasks
Some things you will need to do, or request the help of trusted friends to do, in the days following a death:
- Keep a careful record of visitors, flowers and other gifts to help make it easier send appropriate acknowledgments, include thank you notes to those who have given their time
Delegate things such as cleaning, food preparation, child care arrangements and hospitality arrangements for out of town guests to friends and family who offer their help
- Plan for the disposition of flowers after the funeral
- Carefully check all life insurance and death benefits, including Social Security, credit union, trade union, fraternal, and military
- Notify banks, creditors, and insurance companies of the death
- Locate the will and notify the attorney and executor
- If the deceased was living alone, notify the utility companies and landlord, and submit a forwarding order to the post office