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Making Arrangements at the Time of Death

The emotional strain of dealing with the loss of a loved is compounded when you are also planning funeral services that will honor the person who has passed. It is an emotionally and logistically confusing time, but our funeral directors and staff will compassionately guide you through every step and ease the burden as much as possible.

In each of the following scenarios, we assume care of your loved one and are responsible for transportation and preparation as soon as we get your call.

Death Outside a Medical Facility

Call 911 to notify your local police.

After you have called the first responders, call the funeral home. John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc.’s direct line is 412-881-4100. We are available to answer your call and assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We will ask you for the following information:

  • Time of death
  • Full name of deceased
  • Location of the deceased
  • Name of person who is calling and phone number
  • Name of the primary care physician or other doctor and whether or not they have been notified
  • Name of person for the funeral home to contact in order to set up an appointment to discuss funeral arrangements
  • If you know of any pre-arrangements
Death in a Medical Facility

If your loved one has died in a hospice facility, hospital, or care home, their staff can notify the funeral home on your behalf, but it would be best if you contact us, too, as soon as you are able.

Ensure that the staff knows the following information:

  • Time of death
  • Full name of deceased
  • Location of the deceased (private home)
  • Name of person who is calling and phone number
  • Name of the primary care physician or other doctor and whether or not they have been notified
  • Name of person for the funeral home to contact in order to set up an appointment to discuss funeral arrangements
  • If there are any pre-arrangements
Death Away From Home
As soon as possible, call the funeral home. John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc.’ direct line is 412-881-4100. We are available to answer your call and assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We will ask you for the following information::

  • Time of death
  • Full name of deceased
  • Location of the deceased
  • Name of person who is calling and phone number
  • Name of the primary care physician or other doctor and whether or not they have been notified
  • Name of person for the funeral home to contact in order to set up an appointment to discuss funeral arrangements
  • If you know of any pre-arrangements

 

We will arrange transportation and coordinate services with an out-of-town funeral home.

 

Preparing for the Funeral

Schedule your arrangement conference with your funeral director.

If there were no pre-arranged plans, we will discuss service options, necessary merchandise such as caskets and urns, and work with you to create a funeral that honors your loved one in a way that they would be proud of.

Bring the following items and information:

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Social Security Number

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Information regarding education

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Date of birth, city and state of birth

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Clothing, including jewelry, glasses, dentures, and other personal applicable items. Jewelry and other remembrance items can be returned.

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Parents’ names

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Marital status, including maiden name

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Veterans discharge papers (DD-214), if applicable

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Cemetery lot information, if applicable

If you have any questions about what to do at the time of death of a loved one, please call  us directly at 412-881-4100.

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