When a loved one dies at home or in a place that isn’t a healthcare facility, you’ll need to contact emergency personnel before they can be taken into our care. If your loved one was under medical care, it’s a good idea to call their physician as well.
If your loved one dies in a healthcare facility, the facility staff will notify the proper authorities, including Shaffer Funeral Home, if they know that information. On that note, if you are reading this before your family’s time of need, it is important to ensure long-term care facilities and hospitals alike are made aware of your preferences upon arrival when possible.
This part of the process is often the most emotional, and we are here to help and support you. If you’re not sure what to do, call us any time.
You’ll want to notify close friends and relatives, both through personal phone calls as well as your loved one’s death notice. If this process is too painful for you, it’s absolutely okay to ask a trusted family member or friend to help you.
This also is the time to review any of your loved one’s preplanned funeral wishes and meet with a funeral director to begin planning their service. If your loved one did not preplan their funeral, you might want to start thinking about a few of the big choices you will need to make, such as:
These questions are just a starting point, and you don't need to know the answers right away. Don’t hesitate to contact us to gain a better understanding of your options. We're here to make this process easier for you, and guide you every step of the way.
When you meet with us to discuss your arrangements, we'll first provide you with a general price list to give you a basic idea of what our services cost.
We'll then ask you about your loved one to gain an understanding of the person that the services will honor. You can use this time to communicate your ideas and preferences, share your loved one's life story, revisit memories, and highlight their accomplishments. Jamie and Savanna will use this information to guide you in the creation of a personalized, meaningful celebration of your loved one's life.
This process may include:
We'd like to make this process as smooth and stress-free for you as we can, so remember to bring the following information about your loved one with you as well:
Please also bring a recent photograph and any clothing you'd like us to use when dressing them for the service.
Shaffer Funeral Home
Phone: (304) 822-3511
230 East Main St., Romney, WV 26757
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