Funeral homes serving the area of Bellingham, WA work diligently and tirelessly to be responsive to the needs of the families they are serving whose loved ones have died. When your loved one dies, everything in your world shifts and your focus narrows to the grief for their loss and to the funeral process itself.
Death is one of the few things in life that can bring our worlds to a crashing halt. All those things, major and minor, that we may have been thinking about, dealing with, or trying to solve or resolve suddenly disappear off our radars. Death and grief become our all-consuming focus and we can lose some perspective of how that fits in the bigger picture of things.
That’s a normal reaction when someone we love dies. However, it’s important to remember that we may not be the only ones dealing with the exact same experience in the exact same place at the exact same time.
The reality is that most funeral homes are often dealing with the deaths of several loved ones at the same time. While we may have the perspective that our personal need for their attention and their services is singular, the truth is that there may be several other families who need that same personal need for their attention and services at the same time that we do.
Therefore, it’s important to remember this when we are planning the funerals of our loved ones. Generally, when the funeral home staff come to pick up your loved one to transport them to the funeral home, they will ask you when you can come in to meet with the funeral director to make final arrangements. However, sometimes, they will give you an appointment time that fits into the funeral home director’s schedule, if there are other funerals the funeral home is also handling.
Be sure to keep your scheduled appointment to meet with the funeral director. The date and time slot they have given you is for your benefit: they want to be able to give you the personal attention and service you need without being interrupted or distracted by other appointments that have been scheduled.
Be prepared for the meeting to make funeral arrangements. The funeral director will need information for the obituary (if you or your loved one has not already written it), information for the death certificate, and, if your loved one was a military veteran and you want military honors at their funeral, military separation orders (Form DD-214).
In the funeral arrangements meeting, you will be asked what kind of service you want for your loved one, the order of the service, and who will be participating in the service. If you’re unsure about any of this at that time, you can certainly call the funeral home back with the information as soon as you know it.
However, when you call back, you may find that your call goes to voicemail. The only reason that it will go to voicemail is if the funeral home staff is serving other families at the time you call. They may be on the phone or they may be in the funeral home with them.
Leave a message with your information and resist the urge to stalker-call them to see if they got it. You can be assured that when someone is free to call you back, they will. Funeral homes are very responsive, but they often have multiple people that need their responsiveness, so trust that they are taking care of you just as they are taking care of them.
For additional information about funeral homes serving the area of Bellingham, WA, our compassionate and experienced team at Moles Farewell Tributes & Crematory – Bayview Chapel is here to help. You can visit our funeral home at 2465 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham, WA 98229 or you can call us today at (360) 733-0510.