What To Do When Death Occurs

Through difficult moments and the days after loss, we’re here to help.

When a death occurs, Trimble Funeral Home & Crematory will take care of everything. The order in which things need to be done often depends on where the death occurred. But, one thing should always be remembered: your heightened emotional state upon the death of a loved one. That's why we suggest that you ask a friend for help - someone who is more able to think clearly. It is important to have Trimble Funeral Home & Crematory notified as quickly as possible so we can give you the support you need.

While Under Supervised Care

 When a death occurs in a care facility, such as a hospital or nursing home, the professional staff will notify you and take care of all necessary legal steps.  You just need to tell the medical staff that Trimble Funeral Home & Crematory is the funeral home serving you so they can have you sign any necessary release paperswork, and advise us when the individual will be released to our care.

One of our funeral directors will contact you as soon as we are notified of the death to help your proceed.  However, we suggest you contact the funeral home immediately, so you'll get the reassurance you need that all is being taken care of properly.

Anticipated Death at Home

Today, more people with terminal illnesses are electing to die at home under the care of hospice. In this situation, notify your hospice provider that Trimble Funeral Home & Crematory is the funeral home of your choice. They will then take care of all necessary legal requirements and contact us when death occurs. If hospice is not involved, contact us directly and we will assure that all requirements are met. 

Many times when someone has a terminal illness, the family will elect to make prearrangements with us so that they are not overwhelmed with the many important decisions at the time of death.

Unanticipated Death at Home or Elsewhere

In these situations, immediately call 911. The Coroner will be notified and will then determine the appropriate steps to be taken. Tell the Coroner that you want Trimble Funeral Home & Crematory to assist you. Often, the Coroner can release the deceased directly to us. However, in certain cases, we may be instructed to transport the deceased for autopsy so the cause of death can be determined.

Death Away from Home or Out of State

If a death occurs outside of your home area, you should first call Trimble Funeral Home & Crematory on our 24-hour telephone number, 309-764-1144. We will coordinate with a local funeral director at the place of death. We are a member of several national associations and can often save families money by having our firm make the arrangements. 

If you travel often, it would be wise to let us tell you about our Travel Protection Plan, which will cover most of the additional costs associated with a death away from home.

 Funeral Arrangement Conference

 After we have been notified of the death, we will call to schedule a mutually convenient time to begin discussing and planning funeral arrangements. Although the majority of funeral conferences are held at our funeral home during normal business hours, we are available to come to your residence or meet in the evenings or weekends. At least one of our funeral directors is on duty 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

When you come to the conference, you will want to bring the following items with you:

  • Biographical information for use in compiling the obituary.
  • Recent photograph for newspaper and preparation purposes. A group picture can be used, but the larger and clearer the face, the better it will reproduce.
  • Clothing - all normal items including undergarments, other than shoes. For women, an outfit closed at the neckline with long sleeves is preferred.
  • Jewelry and personal items - these items can either be brought to the arrangement conference, or we can get them from you later. You will be given a receipt for such items which will also list instructions for either the return or burial of the items.
  • Personal address book and wallet to be used for verifying information for forms and memberships for the obituary, and to insure that close friends and relatives are notified of the death.
  • Military Discharge And Separation Record (Form DD-214), if applicable.
  • Cemetery information, if applicable.

Essential Information Form and Planner

To assist you in these steps, we offer a free Essential Information Form and Funeral or Memorial Celebration Planner. Click here to download or stop by or call our office.

A staff member of Trimble Funeral Home & Crematory will be honored to explain all of the options available to you.