• When Death Occurs

Many people are unsure of what steps they need to take when a death occurs. This page is designed to assist you to better understand funeral arrangements and what to do at the time a loved one passes away.

At the Time of Death

Death in an Institution: When the death occurs at a hospital or nursing home, the medical staff should take care of all necessary legal steps. You just need to notify the medical staff that Lakeview Funeral Home is the funeral home handling arrangements so they can have you sign any necessary release paperwork.

Anticipated Death at Home: Today, more people with terminal illnesses are electing to die at home under the care of Hospice. In this situation, you just need to notify Hospice that Lakeview Funeral Home is the funeral home of your choice, they will then take care of all necessary legal requirements. Many times when someone has a terminal illness, the family will elect to make prearrangements with us so that they are not overwhelmed with the many important decisions at the time of death. If you are interested in prearranging funeral services, please click here.

Unanticipated Death at Home or Elsewhere: In these situations, immediately call 911. The police and emergency medical personnel will then determine the appropriate steps to be taken. Often, the police can release the deceased directly to our funeral home.

Death out of state: If the death occurs outside of Idaho, you should call Lakeview Funeral Home at (208) 263-3180. We can coordinate with a local funeral director at the place of death. Because we have a large network of contacts nationwide, Lakeview Funeral Home can often save families money by having our firm make the arrangements.

Funeral Arrangement Conference

To assure that we are immediately available and can devote the personal attention and time needed to make the arrangements, we would request that you call to schedule a mutually convenient arrangement time. Although the vast majority of funeral conferences are handled at our building during normal business hours, we are available to come to your residence or meet in the evenings or weekends. We at Lakeview Funeral Home are always on duty 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

When you come to the conference, you may want to bring with you the following items:

* Military Discharge Papers: This form is also known as Form DD214. It is used to secure veterans benefits and an American Flag for the casket or family.
* Recent Photograph: This photo is for newspaper obituaries and for preparation purposes.
* Clothing – We ask that you bring all normal items including undergarments. Shoes are optional. We also ask that you bring a fresh set of clothing if the deceased is to be cremated. For women, an outfit closed at the neckline and long sleeves are preferred. The clothing selected does not need to be formal wear. If a man has never worn a suit and tie that may not be as appropriate as a polo shirt and khaki pants or a flannel shirt and blue jeans would be. We encourage you to choose something that reflects the life and interests of the deceased.
* Jewelry & personal items – These items, such as glasses, wedding rings, or a special belt and buckle, can either be brought to the arrangement conference, or on the day of the visitation. You will have the option to have the items buried with the deceased or returned to you.

At the funeral arrangement conference, if you have not already made prearrangements, our funeral director will need to obtain some vital information for completing the death certificate. Certified copies of the death certificate are legal documents and are issued by the State Idaho Vital Statistics offices. Photocopies are not considered legal documents. Our funeral home would be happy to help you obtain certified copies of the death certificate.

During the funeral arrangement conference, we will ask you how many certified copies of the death certificate are needed. As part of our services, we will obtain certified copies on your behalf. In order to assist you in ascertaining the number of certified copies needed, below is a list of the common companies or instances where a certified copy of a death certificate would be needed:

* Each Life Insurance Company
* Pension, IRA, or other Retirement Benefits
* Probate of Will
* Final Tax Return
* Real Property
* Stocks and Bonds
* Financial intuitions
* Your own files

Please note that we will notify Social Security of the death, a certified death certificate is only needed for applying for the survivor’s benefit for dependant children (a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate will also be needed.)