The Process: From Death to Funeral

Likely one of the last things that you want to think about after someone you loved has passed away is what needs to be done next. While it is healthy and important to grieve, there are a few steps that happen between death and funeral services. In today’s blog at Bohlender Funeral Chapel in Fort Collins, we discuss what steps you can expect in between death and the actual funeral services. As always, if you have any questions or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time.

Transportation

The first thing that will need to happen is the transportation of your loved one to the appropriate facility. In most cases, they will need to be transported from a hospital, nursing home, or from home. In cases like these, they will be transported directly to the funeral home. In cases of sudden, unexpected, or accidental deaths, they will be transported to a coroner first for an autopsy. 

Preparation

After they have been transported to the funeral home or other location, preparation of the body will begin. This is where they are bathed, dressed, embalmed, cremated, and where any other necessary steps are taken to prepare for the funeral service you or they have chosen. 

Paperwork/Planning

Around the same time as preparations are being made, a death certificate will need to be filed. In order for the death certificate to be filed, a signature from the attending physician needs to be arranged along with filing the correct paperwork with the county registrar. 

In addition to filing the proper paperwork, funeral service preparations, planning, and decisions are made during this period. In some cases, the departed have already made arrangements for the funeral service they prefer. If this is not the case, it will be up to a loved one to make decisions for the funeral services.

Funeral Service

The final step is for you and your family and friends to celebrate your loved one’s life and be there for one another at the funeral service and beyond. Dealing with loss is a difficult process and it looks different for everyone. That said, a beautiful funeral service dedicated to celebrating your loved one can go a long way in providing closure and helping everyone grieve. 

Find Help and Support at Bohlender Funeral Chapel in Fort Collins

If you have any questions or need help with anything at all, please don’t hesitate to contact our family funeral home, Bohlender Funeral Chapel in Fort Collins. We are happy to help you in any way that we can.