When a loved one dies at home or in a place that isn’t a healthcare facility, you’ll need to contact emergency personnel, who will notify the medical examiner. Emergency and medical personnel involved in this part of the process will help you with obtaining a medical certificate and any other necessary paperwork. If your loved one was under medical care, it’s a good idea to call their physician as well.
If your loved one dies in a healthcare facility, they will notify the proper authorities.
In all situations above, please call us at (414) 541-7533 to inform us of their passing and release them into our care.
It’s important that you contact the local medical authorities first (as well as the police, if appropriate), and then make sure to give us a call as soon as possible. We will work with you to make the necessary arrangements to get you and your loved one back home as quickly and easily as possible. Calling us will also help you to avoid duplication of efforts and fees.
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 and social media.
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 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.
We'll then 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.
A funeral director is a licensed professional who has graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science and specializes in all aspects of funerals and related services. Their primary role is to support the family and guide you through the funeral process. They are experienced with funeral ceremonies and traditions. They also arrange for the removal, transportation and preparation of the deceased. They can assist families with any legal or insurance-related paperwork they might need to file.
Unlike some other positions in the death care industry, who are compensated via sales, Wisconsin law does not allow Funeral Directors to make a commission. So you can rest assured at Schaff, you will make arrangements with a licensed funeral director and will never feel any sales pressure.
When you meet with one of our licensed funeral directors to discuss your arrangements, we'll first provide you with a general price list and give you a basic idea of what our services cost.
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:
Schaff Funeral Service
Phone: (414) 541-7533
Fax: (414) 541-7570
5920 West Lincoln Ave., West Allis, WI 53219
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