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Where to Start

You may be asking yourself, "Where do I even start?". Our staff is here to support you and help you through your grief journey while honoring your loved one. We have provided some helpful information to point you and your family in the right direction. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

 


 

Within Hours


If your loved one dies in a healthcare facility, they will notify the proper authorities, including your chosen funeral home if they have that information.

If you’re unsure of what to do, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.



Within a Few Days

You should inform close friends and relatives of your loved one's passing.  This can be a difficult process so feel free to reach out to trusted family friends to help you with this.  You will also meet with a funeral director to plan the services.  We will help you every step of the way by coordinating clergy, cemetery, catering or restaurants, ordering flowers and helping with writing the obituary.

You also should review your loved one’s preplanned funeral wishes and meet with a funeral director to plan their service. If your loved one didn't preplan any funeral wishes, you can start by considering some of the larger choices you need to make, such as:

  • Burial or cremation
  • Type of casket or urn
  • For a burial, location of their final resting place in grave or mausoleum
  • For a cremation, location of their final resting place through burial or scattering
  • Service types, such as a viewing, service, graveside memorial, etc.
  • Any religious services, such as clergy or spiritual leaders

 

This is just a starting point, so don't feel like you need to know all the answers right now. We want to make this process as easy and meaningful as possible, so please contact us with any questions or for more information about your funeral service options.

When We Meet

We’ll talk with you about your loved one to get a better understanding of the person and services to honor their life.

Our staff will use this information to help you create a personalized, meaningful service to celebrate your loved one. You can share your funeral preferences and ideas, stories about your loved one, their passions, and any other insights into your loved one’s life.

This process also may include:

  • Preparing and filing the official death certificate
  • Drafting an obituary
  • Scheduling the funeral services and events, including the date, time, and location
  • Selecting a casket, urn, and any other products
  • Choosing pallbearers
  • Arranging transportation

We want to make this process as simple and stress-free as possible, so please bring the following information about your loved one:

  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Full legal name and home address
  • Social security number
  • Father's name
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Highest education
  • Occupation
  • Veteran's discharge papers (DD-214), if applicable
  • Information about the burial location, if applicable
  • Clergy name and phone number, if applicable
  • Insurance policy information if you would like assistance filing your claim
  • Names and relationships of survivors
  • A recent photo of your loved one and the clothing you want them to wear for the service
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Behr’s Funeral Home
Phone: (563) 582-3297
Email: behrfuneralhome@gmail.com
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001


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