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A Helpful Step-by-Step Guide About How to Plan a Funeral

Whether sudden or expected, the death of a loved one may feel overwhelming physically, emotionally, and financially. Did you know as many as 70-100 decisions are crucial within the first 48 hours? When your brain is clouded by grief, every decision can feel even more agonizing and stressful than the last. Luckily for you, Perl Funeral Home & Siskiyou Memorial Park is here to ease the burden with expert assistance with funeral planning in Medford, Oregon. Whether you’re making pre-arrangements for yourself or planning a funeral for a loved one, you can count on our experienced staff to make the process easier with a helpful step-by-step guide. Please reach out to us with questions or concerns you may have while going through your planning a funeral checklist.

1. Make “First Calls” and Notify the Proper Authorities

When a death occurs, there are several “first calls” that must be made. You’ll need to notify the proper authorities, which may include his or her doctor, local emergency medical personnel, and/or law enforcement. The cause of death must be determined and indicated in all legal documents by the attending physician, coroner, or medical examiner. Once the authorities have been notified, immediate family members and the deceased’s legal representative are next in the chain of command. If your loved one passed away while in a care facility, their staff will usually notify you and the authorities. One of the most helpful first calls you can make is to an experienced funeral director such as Perl Funeral Home, who can assist with everything else below. When making first calls, you’ll need the following info handy:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Deceased’s contact info and social security number
  • Approximate time of death
  • The current location of the body
  • The attending physician and their contact info
  • Your name and contact info
  • Your relationship to the deceased

2. Confirm Transportation for the Deceased’s Body

The next step is arranging for transportation of the body to a funeral home or other facility. The police must be notified before moving the body to another location. Even if your loved one died in another city or state, we can help you make travel arrangements for local burial or cremation in the Medford area.

3. Determine If Any Funeral Pre-Arrangements Were Made

When you call our funeral home, we’ll ask if your loved one made any pre-arrangements. If nothing was already specified, we’re here to guide you through planning for a funeral. We may ask you questions about your embalming, cremation, and burial preferences. You’ll also need to file for a death certificate as soon as possible. Be sure to ask for several certified copies. These will be useful later when accessing the deceased’s bank accounts or filing for insurance claims or veterans’ and social security benefits. Cremation or burial? Check out our helpful resource comparing these two popular options.

4. Arrange for Funeral Services with Our Funeral Director

Upon meeting with our funeral director, we’ll begin discussing the necessary arrangements for your loved one’s funeral, cremation, burial, memorial, or end-of-life celebration services. We accommodate families of all cultural and religious backgrounds. No matter your preferences or budget, we can help you plan a funeral or memorial befitting your loved one’s memory. From the flowers and obituary to setting up an online memorial or funeral donations, we’re with you every step of the way. We even offer funeral etiquette tips and grief support, so you know you’re not alone.

5. Confirm Cemetery Arrangements (Ask About Our Plots)

Part of planning a funeral ceremony is deciding about your loved one’s final resting place. Perl Funeral Home & Siskiyou Memorial Park has a beautiful 60-acre cemetery with individual plots, private estates, lawn crypts, community, and private mausoleums, and columbaria vaults available. We can accommodate both in-ground and aboveground burials in our state-of-the-art facilities.

6. Select Meaningful Funeral and Memorial Products

Our staff is available to help you make funeral and memorial product selections. From choosing a casket, urn, or burial vault to online memorials, grave markers, and keepsakes, we’re here for you from start to finish. Be sure to set a budget and ask for prices when making your selections. We have many items to show you in a variety of price ranges. Because we want you to feel comfortable with any purchases you make during this difficult time, we’ll never pressure you into making a snap decision.

7. Handle Estate, Financial, & Administrative Matters

After the funeral or memorial, you’ll need to put the deceased’s estate, financial, and administrative affairs in order. This can range from filing death benefit claims to transferring the title of any properties or assets owned by the deceased. Don’t forget about digital assets. You’ll need to send notifications of the death to state and local agencies, including the Department of Motor Vehicles, as well as the deceased’s employer, fraternal or religious organizations, and utility companies. You may also wish to send thank-you notes to everyone who attended the funeral service, sent flowers, or donated money.

Contact Perl Funeral Home & Siskiyou Memorial Park

If you’re interested in learning more about our funeral home services in Medford, Oregon, we urge you to contact us directly via phone or email. We have local resources and funeral planning worksheets available to assist you. If a loved one has been diagnosed with a critical illness, we can also provide tips for talking about funeral arrangements to ensure their final wishes are respected. We’re here for you!


Perl Funeral Home & Siskiyou Memorial Park

2100 Siskiyou Blvd
Medford, OR 97504

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