What to do when death occurs: - Contact the funeral home as soon as a death has occurred. McDermott Funeral Home (412) 771-4455. Whether the death is local, out of state or out of the country we will make arrangements for the removal of the deceased from the place of death. The funeral director will set up a time to finalize all funeral arrangements. The funeral home will help coordinate arrangements with the cemetery, church and clergy. You will need to be able to provide the following information to complete the State of Pennsylvania vital statistic requirements.
- Birth Date
- Birthplace (City and County)
- Father's Name
- Mother's Name
- Social Security Number
- Veteran's Discharge or Claim Number for Civil Service
- Education Level
- Marital Status
The funeral home will assist you in determining the number of certified copies of the death certificates you will need and we will get these for you.
Make a list of immediate family, close friends and employer or business colleagues. Notify each by phone.
Provide Information on appropriate memorials to which gifts may be made (church, hospice, library, charity or school) if desired.
Gather obituary information, including age, place of birth, occupation, college degrees, memberships held, military service , outstanding work , list of survivors in immediate family. Give time and place of services. The funeral home will normally write this and submit to newspapers.
Contact your Insurance companies. We will also assist you in this if it is what you desire. Let us help you, it is our job and you have enough to do.
McDermott Funeral Home will notify Social Security for you. In a week or so, check with Social Security to see that number is retired. **The $255 dollar death benefit is payable ONLY if there is a surviving spouse, or a child under 18 or a disabled child. (If Social Security checks are automatic deposit, notify the bank of the death.)
Arrange for members of family or close friends to take turns answering door or phone, keeping careful record of calls. Try not to leave the home unattended during this time, including during the services.
Consider special needs of the household, such as cleaning or shopping for items such as trash bags or paper goods, which might be done by friends.
Arrange for childcare, if necessary.
Arrange hospitality for visiting relatives and friends.
Send appropriate acknowledgments to those who sent flowers, brought food, or gave their time to be of service (can be written note, printed acknowledgments, or some of each). It is not necessary to send an acknowledgement card to every person who signed the register. You may if you wish, but people do not expect to be acknowledged for simply signing the registry. They don't want to cause an added burden.
Locate the will and notify lawyer and executor.
Check carefully all life and casualty insurance and death benefits, including Social Security, credit union, trade union, fraternal, and military. Check also on income for survivors from these sources.
Check promptly on all debts and installment payments, including credit cards. Some may carry insurance clauses that will cancel them. If there is to be a delay in meeting payments, consult with creditors and ask for more time before the payments are due.
If deceased was living alone, notify utilities and landlord and tell post office where to send mail.