Planning & Designing the Service
Selecting the type of funeral, whether it’s traditional or a more unique and personalized reflection and celebration of one's life, we offer many options along with personal guidance from one of our experienced funeral planners. We will help you to choose the service which best reflects your family’s desires for a service to remember and a memory to cherish.
A state anatomy board arranges for the deceased to be transmitted to their facility. If desired, a memorial service can be held at the convenience of the family.
When the anatomy board is completed with their work, the deceased is cremated. The family should designate if they want the cremains returned.
The funeral director is responsible for filing the original death certificate with the state health department.
The funeral director will also order certified copies of the death certificate for the family. If additional certified copies are needed at a later date, please call Wendy at (301) 724-2250 or (304) 298-3671.
The funeral director is responsible for notifying the Social Security Administration of a person’s death.
If the deceased received a monthly check - - Any future monthly checks must be returned to the local office at #1 Frederick St., Cumberland, MD. If the deceased had his/her monthly check directly deposited with their bank, a certified copy of the death certificate will need to be sent to the bank to refuse any future checks.
If you have any questions regarding benefits, please call the local office at (301) 722-4934 or 1-800-772-1213.
If you need assistance in processing personal life insurance policies, please call the funeral home. We will assist you in obtaining and completing the claimant form. This form, along with a certified copy of the death certificate and the policy are sent to the home office for processing. Proceeds are sent directly to the stated beneficiary, unless an assignment has been made.
The funeral director can notify the deceased’s employer of his/her death. Information regarding benefits will be directed to the legal next-of-kin, or the agents acting as such.
If the deceased was an honorably discharged veteran, the family is entitled to receive The U.S. flag, the funeral director will obtain the flag. A copy of the deceased’s military discharge is needed.
It is possible the deceased veteran and/or his/her family may be eligible for burial benefits. The local Veterans Office, located in the County Office Building on Kelly Road, Cumberland, can assist families with necessary applications. For specific questions, please call (301) 777-2157. The V.A. office will need a certified copy of the death certificate, as well as a copy of the military discharge.