When A Death Occurs

When a death occurs, the order in which things need to be done often depends on where the death occurred. Your heightened emotional state upon the death of your loved one is why your choices should be made in a careful and deliberate manner

At Home or at Work

If a death occurs in a residence & hospice has not been involved, the police will need to be notified and respond to the residence before the deceased is removed from their home.

If at any time you are not sure of who to notify or what to do, you may contact us for assistance or direction.

While Under Supervised Care

When a death occurs in a care facility, such as a hospital or nursing home, or at home under the care of hospice,  the facility staff or hospice nurse must contact us directly. We will follow up with you to help walk you through the processes that follow.

Widening the Circle

Our staff members are experienced professionals who can provide much of the information you need, emotional support and compassionate guidance.

When we contact you, we will ask you for information to begin completing the death certificate.   We can assist you with obituary writing, guidance through the application for financial assistance from the State of Michigan, memorial items, and custom tributes.

Those Important Questions

If there are no pre-arrangements in place, there may be additional topics to be discussed:

- What about the final disposition of the cremated remains?                     - Is a member of the clergy needed?                                                       -Is a service planned?

By contacting our staff, we'll be able to help answer your questions and assist in making the appropriate plans. You can reach us at 888-273-3553.

However, as we’ve said before, one of the best ways to make sure that all of your questions and desires are taken care of is to make pre-arrangements. This is a simple process and we are more than happy to provide you our brochure with the necessary paperwork so your wishes will be written down.  You may, if you desire, pre-pay for the  arrangements chosen. Please contact one of our staff at to learn more about pre-arrangement.

After the Death of Your Loved One

One of the first things will do is to provide you with information and guide you through the processes and paperwork that follow.  We need to hear your ideas and desires so we can effectively provide for you the services you need as well as those that you desire.

This process may include:

- Preparing and filing the official death certificate

- Assisting, if needed, with a memorial celebration

- Selecting an urn or other items if you desire

- Preparing an obituary

- Signing an authorization for cremation.

Our staff will ask you for the following information about your loved one:

- Full legal name and Legal address

- Social Security number

- Date of birth

- Place of birth

- Father's name

- Mother's maiden name

- Veteran's discharge papers (DD-214)

- Highest level of education completed

- Usual job

- Place of burial or placement in a niche

- Clergy name and contact information if necessary

- Survivors (names and relationship)

- Insurance policies if using an assignment for payment of services

A staff member of Cremation Society of Mid-Michigan is available to answer any questions you may have.