When A Death Occurs

When a death occurs, the order in which things need to be done depends on where the death occurred. But, one thing should always be remembered: that your in a heightened emotional state upon the death of a loved one. That's why we suggest that you ask a good friend for help or  someone who is able to think clearly, and give you the support you need.

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what to do when a loved one dies

At work or home

When a death occurs at the workplace or home, a co-worker or family member should contact emergency personnel and the person's physician if he or she was under a doctor's care. If the death occurs at home with friends and family present, and the person is under a physician's care, the family will want to call us directly.

However, if the death occurs in a residence and no one is there at the time of death, the police will need to be notified and respond to the house before the deceased is removed from their home.

If in any case you are not sure of what to do, you may call (970) 243-2450, and we'll assist you in notifying the proper agencies.

Pre planning for end of life

While Under Supervised Care

When a death occurs in a care facility, such as a nursing home of hospital care, the professional staff will notify you and the necessary authorities. If our name has been left with them, the institution will notify the funeral home at the time of the death. A Callahan-Edfast funeral director will contact you immediately following their notification to help you begin the process. (However, we suggest you contact the funeral home immediately, so you've got the reassurance you need that all is taken care of properly.)

If a loved one was in the care of a hospice program, a hospice representative will give family members instructions and the correct procedures to follow. The medical examiner will be notified by hospice. Following their release,  hospice will contact the funeral home. It is always a good idea for the family to contact us immediately so that we will be aware of the pending call from hospice.

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Widening the Circle

Callahan-Edfast staff members are experienced professionals who can provide much of the information you need, emotional support and compassionate guidance.

While you may ask the director any questions you may have at this time, you will be able to discuss the arrangements in detail later when you meet in person. During this initial call, the funeral director will gather information to be able to transport your loved one to the funeral home.

The funeral director may ask you multiple questions, including whether your loved one made any pre-arrangements. The director will also schedule a time and date for you to meet at the funeral home and will let you know what you should bring with you. Others you will need to call are:

- Friends and Family members

- Spiritual advisors and Clergy

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Those Important Questions

If there is no plan in place, there are several other questions that you may have to have answered in regards to the passing of your loved one:

- Do I need embalming?

- Do I need to purchase a casket?

- What about cemetery arrangements?

- Does the family have to engage the services of a minister?

- What type of service should we have?

By contacting our staff, we'll be able to help answer any of your questions and assist in making the appropriate plans. You can reach us at Callahan-Edfast at (970) 243-2450.

However, as we’ve said before, one of the best ways to make sure that all of your questions and desires are taken care before tragedy strikes, is to make pre-arrangements. This is as simple as outlining your wishes to having all of the details written down and the all financial arrangements prepaid. Please contact one of our staff at (970) 243-2450 to learn more about pre-arrangement.

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What to Expect at a Funeral Home

One of the first things the funeral arranger will do is provide you with our general price list. He or she will then lead you through the entire arrangement process, explaining how you can create a  personal celebration of your loved one's life. This is a two-way conversation; we want to hear your ideas and desires, and use them as the foundation for the arrangement process.

This process may include:

- Filing and preparing the official death certificate

- Scheduling the location, date and time of events or services 

- Selecting a urn, casket, or another object

- Preparing an obituary notice

- Scheduling vehicles

- Selecting pallbearers

You may also sign necessary authorizations or make arrangements to have them signed by the appropriate family members.

We’d like you to bring a favorite song, or memorabilia so that you and your funeral arranger can better discuss how you would like your loved one to be remembered. Having these things, and knowing their favorite gathering place or song – even their favorite activity – will help us create a truly fitting memorial service.

Our funeral arrangers will assist you in planning a loving tribute that captures the spirit of the person whose life you wish to honor. To learn more about personalizing the service, please read the Honoring Life section of this Web site. The funeral arranger will discuss personalization with you during your arrangement conference.

The following checklist will help you remember what information will be needed when meeting with a funeral arranger.

- Full legal name- Home address

- Social Security number

- Date of birth

- Place of birth

- Father's name

- Mother's maiden name

- Veteran's discharge papers (DD-214)

- Recent Photograph

- Highest education

- Occupation

- Place of burial (if applicable)

- Clothing

- Clergy name and phone number

- Survivors (name and relationship)

- Insurance policies (if applicable)


A staff member of Callahan-Edfast Mortuary & Crematory will be honored to explain all of the options available to you.