The loss of a loved one makes us feel emotional and overwhelmed. No amount of preparation can fully prepare you for the loss. When you are in a heightened emotional state, even the most basic decisions can seem overwhelming.

The following is a guideline of what needs to be done within the first 24 hours after death.

Informing Harris Funeral Home

No matter where death occurs, either close to home or out of the state, the first call you make should be to the Harris Funeral Home. Elton Harris or Kendra Harris can guide you on the easiest and most economical way to plan a service of your choice. We will transport the body, obtain the death certificates, and in the event pre-planning was not done, guide you in selecting merchandise and arranging services. We will also help you make notification to insurance companies, social security and veteran’s services.

We are here to help and advise you and we will work very hard to relieve the stress involved in funeral planning.

Meeting with Elton Harris or Kendra Harris

You should meet with us within 24 hours of a death to begin to make final arrangements for your loved one. We have years of experience dealing with these issues and strive to ensure everything goes as smooth as possible.

Making Arrangements First, we will gather information required for the death certificate, an obituary, and services.

This includes:

• Full Name and Address

• Marital Status

• Race/Ethnicity

• Date and Place of Birth

• Social Security Number

•Highest Level of Education

• Father’s Name and Mother’s Name (including maiden name)

• Name of Spouse (if married or widowed)

• Occupation and Employer

• Scheduling the location, date and time of the visitation and funeral service

• Selecting Burial/Cremation/Or other form of Disposition

• Choosing Funeral Products

• Choosing Cemetery Plot

• Completing an Obituary Notice

We will guide you through all of these steps to create a memorable service for your loved one.