Obituaries

Shirley Hughes
B: 1939-09-24
D: 2016-02-10
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Hughes, Shirley
Michael Jodry
B: 1957-08-05
D: 2016-02-10
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Jodry, Michael
Ronald Lynch
B: 1956-03-16
D: 2016-02-07
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Lynch, Ronald
Donald Fletcher
B: 1928-06-09
D: 2016-02-06
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Fletcher, Donald
Leonard Putman
B: 1933-12-05
D: 2016-02-05
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Putman, Leonard
Betty Allen
B: 1930-12-02
D: 2016-02-04
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Allen, Betty
Ann Rucker
B: 1941-03-24
D: 2016-02-03
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Rucker, Ann
Geneva Lyman
B: 1923-08-27
D: 2016-01-22
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Lyman, Geneva
Clarence Adkins
B: 1935-06-08
D: 2016-01-13
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Adkins, Clarence
Maryann Sieh
B: 1957-06-17
D: 2016-01-12
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Sieh, Maryann
Billye Benedict
B: 1931-08-11
D: 2016-01-11
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Benedict, Billye
Matilda Kelley
B: 1934-05-19
D: 2016-01-05
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Kelley, Matilda
John Ahrenhoersterbaeumer
B: 1947-04-14
D: 2016-01-04
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Ahrenhoersterbaeumer, John
Wilma Higginbotham Hunt
B: 1935-09-24
D: 2016-01-03
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Higginbotham Hunt, Wilma
Edna Watson Trent
B: 1922-01-25
D: 2015-12-30
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Watson Trent, Edna
Robert Berg
B: 1960-11-04
D: 2015-12-29
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Berg, Robert
Shirley Brasher
B: 1937-07-18
D: 2015-12-28
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Brasher, Shirley
Eileen Porter
B: 1920-02-10
D: 2015-12-26
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Porter, Eileen
Patsy Whitton
B: 1937-07-24
D: 2015-12-25
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Whitton, Patsy
Brad Moore
B: 1952-01-30
D: 2015-12-22
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Moore, Brad
Rosalie Smiddy
B: 1941-04-20
D: 2015-12-21
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Smiddy, Rosalie

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Who to Call First

Whether you received a 2 a.m. phone call with news of an unexpected death or shared your loved one's final moments of a long illness, your initial reaction to the death was likely shock. It doesn't seem to matter how prepared we are — or aren't — a loved one's death often leaves us feeling numb and bewildered. If you're responsible for making the funeral arrangements or executing the will, shock and grief can be immobilizing. Even simple decisions can be overwhelming.

Making the first phone calls

What to do first depends on the circumstances of the death. When someone dies in a hospital or similar care facility, the staff will usually take care of some arrangements, such as contacting the funeral home, and if necessary, arranging an autopsy. You will need to notify family, friends and clergy. It may be easier on you to make a few phone calls to other relatives or friends and ask each of them to make a phone call or two to specific people, so the burden of spreading the news isn't all on you. If you are alone, ask someone to keep you company while you make these calls and try to cope with the first hours after the death.

Call a funeral director

Whatever the circumstances of death, one of your first calls should be to Welch Funeral Home. We are here to help you:

  • Transport the body
  • Arrange the funeral, memorial and/or burial service
  • Select a casket, urn and other memorial items
  • Prepare the obituary
  • File and obtain the death certificate
  • Offer grief support or direct you to other resources

Call the employer

If your loved one was working, you'll need to call his or her employer immediately. Ask about the deceased's benefits and any pay due, including vacation or sick time, disability income, etc. Ask if you or other dependents are still eligible for benefit coverage through the company. Ask whether there is a life insurance policy through the employer, who the beneficiary is and how to file a claim.

Call the life insurance company

Look through the deceased's paperwork for any life policies. Call the agent or the company and ask how to file a claim. Usually the beneficiary (or the beneficiary's guardian, if a minor) must complete the claim forms and related paperwork. You'll need to submit the death certificate and a claimant's statement to establish proof of claim. Remember to ask about payment options. You may have a choice between receiving a lump sum or the having the insurance company place the money in an interest-bearing account from which you can write checks. We can assist you in filing the claim forms.

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