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Emergency Info If Death Has Occurred or Pending under Hospice Care   
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855-427-9800

ALERT CORONA VIRUS 
Your Health & Safety First There is nothing more important to us than your health and safety. Please note that we are taking extraordinary measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during visitations and services.
Recent guidance from the IFDA permits gatherings that do not exceed 10 people. In addition, we recommend:
  • People who demonstrate symptoms should self-isolate (i.e., stay home if sick)
  • Exercising social distancing and limiting contact 

  • Washing hands thoroughly and often

Planning funeral services and commemorating the life of a loved one are important aspects of mourning. We are using technology and best practices in safety and health to provide families with options and assurance. 
Our staff is available by phone, email and in person to discuss options for remote broadcast of services, online memorial pages and guidelines for funeral services that safeguard the health of family, friends and the community as a whole. Still have questions? Contact us. 855 427 9800 
ERNIE CELL 224 305 7600
DINA CELL 847 338 4484
CALL WITH ANY QUESTIONS DAY OR NIGHT

Wakes and Viewings Viewings will only be conducted in cases when the body has been embalmed Wakes and visitation can proceed with immediate family members, but again should not exceed more than 10 people in attendance at any given time Social distancing (six feet) should be observed as much as possible Care should be taken to provide comfort to the bereaved without physical contact Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes should be provided Funeral directors must consider how best to comply by the guidelines provided by the CDC and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Committal The committal of the body should be done at the gravesite; again, with immediate family not to exceed 10 people. No pre- or post-service social gathering is allowed in parish buildings or on parish property.


READ THIS BEFORE MAKING ANY ARRANGEMENTS BECAUSE OF CHANGING TRADITIONS IN FUNERAL SERVICES

Traditions are changing all the time especially when the deceased has outlived most of their family and friends. Most families are realizing their loved one has outlived everyone and they don't need to have a long visitation and funeral when only family will attend but having the services in the same day. All options will be explained to you at your arrangement conference.
  • In the past families have called their local funeral homes because that particular firm buried everyone in their family and the funeral home was convenient to their home, or was chosen to accommodate friends coming from all over to pay their respects. With the changes in the industry over the last 18 years with large corporate conglomerates purchasing old family owned funeral homes and keeping the name, families don’t realize they are not dealing with the same people they used to. Families should always deal with a family owned funeral home because you are dealing with the owner not a corporation.
    When a death occurs, the order in which things need to be done often depends on where the death occurred. IF DEATH HAS OCCURRED OUT OF TOWN CALL YOUR HOMETOWN FUNERAL HOME FIRST AND HAVE THEM MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO RETURN YOUR LOVED ONE SO YOU ARE NOT BURDENED WITH EXTRA  DOUBLE CHARGES.

WHEN A DEATH OCCURS
At Home or at Work or at a Hospital, Nursing Home, Hospice Facility.

When a death occurs at home or in the workplace, a family member or co-worker should contact emergency personnel and the person's physician if he or she was under a doctor's care. If the death occurs at home with family or friends present, and the person is under a physician's care, the family will want to call us directly.

However, if the death occurs in a residence and no one is there at the time of death, the police will need to be notified and respond to the residence before the deceased is removed from their home.

If in any case you are not sure of who to notify or what to do, you may call (855) 427-9800, and we'll assist you in notifying the proper agencies.

While Under Supervised Care  of  a Hospital, Nursing Home or under Hospice Care

When a death occurs in a care facility, such as a hospital or nursing home, the professional staff will notify you and the necessary authorities. If the name of the funeral home has been left with them, the institution will notify the funeral home at the time of the death. The funeral director will contact you immediately following their notification to help you proceed. (However, we suggest you contact the funeral home immediately, so you've got the reassurance you need that all is taken care of properly.)

If a loved one was in the care of a hospice program, a hospice representative will give family members instructions and procedures to follow. The coroner/medical examiner will be notified by hospice. Following their release the hospice will contact the funeral home. It is always a good idea for the family to contact us immediately so that we will be aware of the pending call from hospice.

Notifying the Funeral Home of a Death:

Our staff members are experienced professionals who can provide much of the information you need, emotional support and compassionate guidance.While you may ask the director any questions at this time, you will be able to discuss the arrangements in detail later when you meet in person. During this initial call, the funeral director will gather information to be able to transport your loved one to the funeral home.The funeral director may ask you several questions, including whether your loved one made any pre-arrangements. The director will also schedule a date and time for you to meet at the arrangement office or come to your home and will let you know what you should bring with you or have ready. Others you will need to call are:

Those Important Questions

If there is no pre-plan in place, there are several other questions that you may have to have answered in regards to the death of your loved one:

- Do I have to have embalming? Do I need to purchase a casket? What about cemetery arrangements? Does the family have to engage the services of a minister? What type of service should we have?

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 as simple as outlining your wishes to having all of the details written down and the financial arrangements prepaid. Please contact one of our staff at (855) 427-9800 to learn more about pre-arrangement.

What to Expect When You Arrive at the Funeral Home

One of the first things the funeral arranger will do is to provide you with our general price list. He or she will then guide you through the entire arrangement process, explaining how you can create a memorable personal celebration of your loved one's life. This is not a one-way conversation; we want to hear your ideas and desires, and use them as the foundation for the arrangement process.

This process may include: Preparing and filing the official death certificate, Scheduling the location, date and time of services or events, Selecting a casket, urn or other items, Preparing an obituary notice, Scheduling vehicles, Selecting Holy Cards or Memorial Folders.You may also sign necessary authorizations or make arrangements to have them signed by the appropriate family members.We’d like you to bring a  photos, and a full set of clothes, glasses,and any memorabilia you would like placed in the casket. 

The following checklist will help you remember what information about the decedent and items will be needed when meeting with a funeral arranger.

Cemetery Deeds , A Recent Picture, Full Set of Clothes, Veteran's discharge papers (DD-214), Full legal name- Home address, Social Security number,Date of birth, Place of birth, Father's name, Mother's maiden name, Highest education, Occupation (not Retired), Place of burial (if applicable), Clergy name and phone number, Insurance policies (if applicable). Severino Family Funeral Directors will be honored to explain all of the options available to you.