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Post Funeral to do List

Checklist of Things to Do After the Funeral

After a funeral, grieving family members often ask us, "What happens next? Here's what happens after a funeral. 

Your Responsibilities Will Depend on Your Relationship to the Deceased 

Let's be honest here; the degree to which your grief dis-empowers you, as well as the amount of flotsam and jetsam (let's just call it "paperwork") you will have to deal with both depend on the relationship you shared with the deceased. If you are the surviving spouse, a daughter or son, or have been declared as the designated executor, the responsibilities you have over the death paperwork will be much more extensive than if you were merely a loving niece, nephew or friend. 

The Paperwork 

Here is a checklist of the tasks you may be facing in the coming weeks: 

  • Get organized. Locate and safeguard as many of the documents listed below (be sure to put each into in a designated set of file folders, and keep them within easy reach): 
  • Birth certificate 
  • Driver's License or State Identification Card 
  • Passport (if applicable) 
  • Marriage certificate 
  • Divorce papers (if applicable) 
  • Deeds and Titles to real and personal property 
  • Veteran's Administration Claim Number (or service discharge papers) 
  • Recent Income Tax Forms 
  • W-2 forms (if employed) 
  • Recent hospitalization records 
  • Insurance documents: Life, Health, Automobile (there may be more than one policy in each category) 

Checklist of Things To Do After the Funeral 

  1. Before you do anything, get a notebook. You'll want to record the date and time of every phone conversation, email or postal communication; if you did it, write it down. Be sure to include the full name of the person you spoke to, their job title; and their employer identification or extension number. 
  2. Request certified copies of the Death Certificate. Speak with one of our funeral professionals to determine just how many you will require. 
  3. Check to see if deceased had left a will. This may require contacting the family attorney, checking your safe deposit box or home safe or the state Will Registry. 
  4. Get the mail redirected, if applicable. Visit the United States Postal Service website to learn more about how to submit a Change of Address form. Or stop by your local post office. 
  5. Stop health insurance coverage. You may need to provide them with additional information, so keep your relevant paperwork handy. 
  6. Contact employer or union. Determine if there are any death-related benefits available, ask (and answer) questions, and change any relevant contact information.  
  7. Make sure to pay the bills. Some folks have their bills paid automatically, but if this isn't the case here, you'll need to take care of them before they become delinquent. If you fear delinquency, you may wish to speak with a representative to work out a payment plan. 
  8. Initiate probate. Even if you're not the executor, if you have an interest in the estate, it's possible for you initiate probate court proceedings (but only if the designated executor of the estate fails to do so in a timely way). You may want to find and hire an estate settlement attorney.  
  9. Notify utility departments. Depending on the situation, the accounts may be closed, or the account owner's name and contact details changed. 
  10. Transfer title of real and personal property. Whether it's an automobile, boat, motorcycle, RV, or plane; you'll need to inform your state department of motor vehicles of the change in ownership. At the very same time, notify any related vehicular or personal property insurance companies of the change in status. 
  11. Close or modify credit card accounts. You will probably need to provide each of them with a certified copy of the death certificate. Again, keep that set of file folders handy. 
  12. Contact life insurance companies. Not everyone has life insurance; but some people have more than one policy. No matter how many policies were in force, you will probably need to provide each of them with a certified copy of the death certificate for each claim made. 
  13. Notify other policy holders of the change in "Beneficiary" status. If your loved one was a designated beneficiary on the insurance policies; investment or banking accounts of other individuals, then you'll need to notify them of the death of a beneficiary. 
  14. Arrange to close or modify bank accounts. Depending on your relationship to the deceased, you may be entitled to convert into your name. 
  15. Change stocks and bonds into your name. Again, this depends on your relationship status to the deceased. To do this, you'll need to provide certified copy of the death certificate to all organizations involved. 
  16. Report the death to other agencies. Depending on the age or military status of the deceased, you may need to notify either the Social Security Administration or the Veterans Administration (or both). Other agencies of interest include membership organizations (professional or avocational associations, Masonic lodges, Rotary Clubs, gym and golf course memberships –just to name a few). 
  17. Tend to their digital estate. If they were active on social media, you'll need to inform the specific networking sites of the change in status. You will need to close email accounts as well as any online banking portal or investment accounts.  

Do You Have Any Questions? 

We've had the privilege of serving many families over the years, and during that time we've found that the time after the funeral is different for everyone involved. If we can be of assistance to you during this challenging time of change and adjustment, simply pick up the phone and call us at 518 438-1002 We'll do our very best to support you,

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Levine Memorial Chapel's experienced, compassionate staff is here to provide personalized funeral services to the Capital District community and surrounding area families. We provide guidance to those who have lost a loved one, or to those assisting with final funeral arrangements. We arrange each funeral to ensure that every service detail and family need is meticulously met.

We are able to accommodate a wide range of funeral choices, and serve the Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform Jewish families. We will help guide and explain to family members all Jewish burial customs. We will arrange for a Tahara (ritual washing) by the Chevra Kadisha (Burial Society) or a Shomer (watcher) at the families request. We will assist you and coordinate in securing a rabbi, filing the appropriate paperwork, and handling Social Security information. Levine Memorial Chapel will help you with every detail through the process.

Detailed on the website are the most common services we provide. If you have special requests, please do not hesitate to ask. We can be reached 24 hours a day at (518) 438-1002, or toll free at 1-800-427-0280. 

At Need

  • In the chapel of the funeral home
  • In the chapel of the cemetery
  • In the chapel or sanctuary of the temple/synagogue.

Depending on a congregation policy, a service may be held in the temple or synagogue. Families that are not affiliated with a synagogue may choose to have a service in the chapel of the funeral home or a graveside service at the cemetery. 

Graveside Service

Graveside services are held exclusively at the graveside at the cemetery. Friends and family meet at the cemetery, usually a half-hour before the appointed service time. A service at the grave includes all the same elements as those held at the synagogue/temple or the funeral home. A graveside service is no less dignified than any other service location.

Families prefer the convenience of the graveside service. Funeral processions through public streets are eliminated. The time spent at the graveside for the service is not rushed and therefore allows more opportunity for reflection and meditation. Families should also keep in mind the potential for inclement weather. We offer the option for a tent or canopy and can make those arrangements for each family. Levine Memorial Chapel has found graveside services to become more commonly used when serving the families of the Capital District and surrounding areas. 

Chapel, Cemetery Chapel, Synagogue, or Temple Services

Many families feel that a funeral service at the temple/synagogue is very personal and comforting for their family. This is a spiritual home where many joyous and meaningful life cycle events have taken place. Depending on the congregation’s policy, a funeral may be held in the temple/synagogue for a member or a close relative. For families with no congregational affiliation, a funeral can be held in the funeral home chapel.

Memorial Service

A memorial service is normally performed without the deceased present. This is done after a private burial ceremony, in cases of cremation, or if the person died or was interred in another location. A memorial service may be held in the synagogue/temple, at the funeral home, or at a private residence. 

Cremation Services

Levine Memorial Chapel will accommodate families that choose cremation. With this option, there are many alternatives available to you. Our hope is to allow you to take a more personal role in designing a unique and individual tribute to your loved one. Most families appreciate an opportunity to say goodbye to loved ones and to receive condolences and support from family and friends. A service is sometimes held before interment or the cremation process. We will help design a tribute that is personalized for your family and friends. The service can be small or large, private or public, and with any type of officiant (rabbi or someone else chosen by the family). Families should consider:

  • Who will be attending the service or gathering
  • If a clergy member, family member, or friend will officiate the service
  • If the service should take place before or after the cremation process
  • Where the service will take place (funeral home, synagogue/temple, graveside)
  • If the family wishes to have flowers, music, and a display of pictures

If the cremation option is chosen by the family, the cremated remains will be returned to the family in the final container (urn) you select. The urn protects the remains and is designed to be a permanent container or temporary holder before scattering or burial. A complete selection of urns are available from which to chose.

Out of State or Country Deaths

When someone passes away out of state or even out of the country, we recommend calling Levine Memorial Chapel first. We have found that it is more cost effective for the family if you contact one funeral home. We can carry out all of the details with our out of state affiliates and representatives. This will translate into substantial savings to the family. We can also handle arrangements for burial in Israel. 

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