What To Do
1. Telephone the Gibbons Family Funeral Home: (773) 777-3944
2.Inform Gibbons Family Funeral Home of the following information:
Who you are
Your telephone number
Who has passed away, and at what time
Where the deceased is located
The cause of death if known, and their approximate condition
3.Make an appointment immediately with Gibbons Family Funeral Home
4.Gather information for the Death Certificate:
Full name and middle initial of the deceased
Date and place of birth
Social Security number
Mother’s name and mother’s maiden name
5.Select clothing and personal items for the deceased.
Several recent photographs
Full set of clothing, including undergarments
Eyeglasses, dentures, etc.
Religious symbols (cross, rosary, etc.)
6.Gather Obituary Information: Gibbons Family Funeral Home will normally write the article and submit to the newspaper(s).
7.Decide an appropriate memorial to which gifts can be made. (Church, Hospice, Library, School, or Charity)
9.Make a list and contact by telephone:
Employer or business colleagues
10.Locate the will and notify the Lawyer and Executor.
11.Arrange for members of the family or close friends to take turns answering door or telephone. Keep a careful record of all calls.
12.Arrange for childcare, if necessary.
13.Arrange hospitality for visiting relatives and friends.
14.Check and notify:
All Life and Casualty Insurance Company(s)
Bank or Credit Union
Military organizations (American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars)
15.Prepare a list of distant persons to be notified.
Gibbons Family Funeral Home will prepare Social Security Form SSA 721.
If checks are automatic deposit, notify bank of death.
Check with Social Security at (800) 772-1213 to see that number is retired, and for additional benefits.
17.If deceased was living alone, notify:
Post Office – forwarding address