Palos Park, IL
Funeral Home Palos Park Il
Colonial Chapel Funeral Home & Crematory has been servicing the residents of Palos Park Illinois providing practical information and valuable advice. Whether you need to make funeral arrangements now or wish to plan for the future, we offer extensive information about traditional funeral services, cremation services, celebrations of life, and memorial services. You can learn the differences between these many options in order to make an informed decision and what is best for your family. If you have any questions or require more information, don't hesitate to contact us at any time.
When You Meet with a Colonial Chapel Funeral Director
Chances are, within the first 24 hours of your loved one’s death, you will need to meet with a funeral director to begin funeral arrangements. The following information will help you prepare for what is often called “the arrangement conference.”
Without a doubt, this is a difficult time for you and your loved ones. Yet, it’s comforting to know every member of the Colonial Chapel funeral home staff will be there to do their utmost to make this difficult time a little bit easier. Ed Damstra, our Funeral Director and Owner will help guide you in making all the necessary decisions. It’s good to know you are not alone.
Perhaps you’d like another member of the family to come along with you. Or maybe you’d rather have a friend, or close neighbor join you in the first visit to the funeral home. While it’s not necessary to bring someone with you for moral support, it can be very beneficial.
Please don’t hesitate to ask someone to join you. Chances are they will be honored at your request, and gladly step up to help you during this time. When you ask, be sure to tell them that if they do not feel comfortable doing so, you’ll understand.
Who is Responsible for Making Funeral Arrangements?
It’s important to know exactly who is legally responsible for making the funeral arrangement decisions for a loved one. If the deceased has not expressed their wishes through a written document such as a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, or a Last Will and Testament, where the deceased has designated an agent to fulfill their wishes; then the chain of command is commonly as follows:
Surviving Adult Child/Children
Surviving Adult Sibling
Parent of Minor Child
The person designated as the responsible party, whoever they may be, needs to be present to make decisions, and sign documents. If you have questions about the accepted kinship-related order of precedence or are unclear who is the responsible person for funeral planning, call us at 708-532-5400.
Who else should be included in funeral pre-planning?
While assigning responsibility is an important part of funeral planning, it’s also very important to include any children, friends, or other family who would like to be a part of arranging the funeral. Despite the fact that they may not have any legal decision-making rights, their input could be very valuable to the process.
Assisting in making the final funeral arrangement decisions can be very empowering and help someone come to terms with the loss. If there are people in your life who you feel should be asked to participate, make sure you ask them. They can always decline.
Cremation or Traditional Burial – Do you have all the necessary documents?
Life and death are full of legalities. When a loved one dies, it is not just an emotional matter for those left behind; it is a legal one which requires the timely completion of paperwork. Our Funeral Director, Ed Damstra will tell you that the first step in caring for your loved one involves completing, and filing, the Death Certificate and Burial or Cremation permit.
These documents need to be completed as accurately as possible and if you are not prepared with the necessary information, then most of your initial meeting will be spent retrieving this information.
To assist the funeral home in preparing all the necessary documents, it’s helpful to bring some of the following things with you:
Deceased's Birth Certificate, or if this is not available, parents names including mother’s maiden name
Social Security Number,
Deceased's Military Discharge papers,
Deceased's Funeral pre-arrangements documents, (if available)
Cemetery Information if Available,
Deceased Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care,
Last Will and Testament and any Codicils,
Revocable Living Trust,
If you’ve got questions about the legal documents you should bring with you, please contact us for a courteous, responsive and quick response to your needs.