If A Loved One Has Died or Is Dying
Remember, you are not alone. If you have not engaged the services of Hospice or other Palliative care, you may click here for a link to those resources.
Our staff is always available to assist you and your family during this time of transition. You have a unique opportunity to make preparations and address end-of-life details ahead of time. What things should be planned in advance?
• Vital Information – These are details necessary for a death certificate, Social Security, Veteran’s Administration, insurance, etc.
• Create an Obituary – Click here to see a sample obituary.
• Location and details of the funeral or memorial service.
• Service Selection – Will your family prefer a traditional funeral service, a cremation with a memorial service, or some other means of remembrance?
• Merchandise Selection
You may start the advance planning process by using our Planning Guide. If you prefer, a printer-friendly version of this form is available for you to download and fill out manually.
If A Loved One Has Died
When a death occurs, call Gering Memorial Chapel at (308) 436-5038. When you call, we will give you important information and advice about the steps you will need to take, and arrange to bring your loved one from the place of death into our care. Be prepared to provide the following information when you call:
• Full legal name of the deceased
• Location of the deceased (hospital, nursing facility, hospice, residence or other)
• Your name, address and phone number
• Name, address and phone number of next-of-kin (if you are not next-of-kin)
Scheduling An Appointment
We will make an appointment for you to visit us and begin planning the most appropriate life tribute for your loved one. Whether you choose burial, cremation or other disposition, please be assured we will assist you in selecting the services and products most fitting for your family’s traditions, beliefs, and budget.
In preparation for making funeral arrangements we ask you review the following and bring those items that are applicable.
• Vital Statistic Information
We use this information for legal documents such as the death certificate and social security forms. You can complete this document online, or print it and bring it to your arrangement conference. Please click here to begin completion of the arrangement form.
• Clothing, Including Undergarments
If you are choosing to have services that would include a visitation you may want to bring the clothing that you would like your loved one to wear. If you are choosing a service that does not involve a visitation, you are still welcome to bring clothing.
We use photographs for many things: obituaries, memorial folders, Video Tributes and as funeral preparation aids. You may bring traditional printed photographs or digital images.
• Cemetery Information/Final Place Of Rest
• Military Discharge Papers
Writing an Obituary
Your funeral director can assist you in writing an obituary. Here are some general guidlines you may wish to follow.