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Where to Begin

Where to Begin

The death of a loved on is overwhelming, but you are not alone in this. We’re here to support you throughout this journey and make this process one of love, healing, and life celebration. Whether you choose cremation or a burial service, below is some information to help you get started, but you can contact us at any time if you need help or visit us at our Ormond Beach or Daytona Beach offices. 


Within Hours

When a loved one dies at home or in a place that isn’t a healthcare facility, you’ll need to contact emergency personnel, such as the local police before they can be taken into our care. If your loved one was under medical care, it’s a good idea to call their physician as well.

If your loved one dies in a healthcare facility, such as a hospital, nursing home, or hospice facility,  they will notify the proper authorities, including the funeral home you have chosen to care for your loved one if they know that information.

Emergency and medical personnel involved in this part of the process will help you with obtaining a medical certificate and any other necessary paperwork.

This part of the process is often the most emotional, and we are here to help and support you. If you’re not sure what to do, call our Daytona Beach or Ormond Beach office at any time we are available 24/7 to help answer any questions you may have. 



Within the First Few Days



If your loved one has preplanned their cremation or burial funeral arrangements, a funeral director can review with you when and begin making these final arrangements. If your loved one did not preplan their funeral, we will discuss choices that need to be made such as:

  • Burial or cremation
  • If burial, the type of casket
  • If burial, the location of their final resting place in a grave or mausoleum
  • If cremation, the type of urn
  • If cremation, the location of their final resting place through burial or scattering
  • Any religious services you will need, such as clergy or spiritual leaders
  • The types of services you want, such as a viewing, service, graveside memorial, etc.

You’ll want to notify close friends and relatives, both through personal phone calls as well as your loved one’s death notice. If this process is too painful for you, it’s absolutely okay to ask a trusted family member or friend to help you. 

These questions are just a starting point, and you don't need to know the answers right away. Don’t hesitate to contact us to gain a better understanding of your options. We're here to make this process easier for you.




What to Expect When We Meet

When you meet with a member of our family to discuss your arrangements, we'll first provide you with a general price list to ensure you have the pricing information for what a cremation or burial service will cost. 

We'll then ask you about your loved one to gain an understanding of the person the services will honor. We will need demographic information to file a death certificate with the state of Florida and also ask about any wishes for a memorial or funeral service. During this time you can communicate your ideas and preferences, share your loved one's life story, revisit memories, and highlight their accomplishments. Our family will use this information to guide you in the creation of a personalized, meaningful celebration of your loved one's life.

This process may include:

  • Preparing and filing the official death certificate
  • Scheduling the services and events (including the location, date, and time)
  • Selecting a casket, urn, or other products you may need
  • Drafting an obituary
  • Arranging necessary transportation
  • Signing necessary paperwork such as a cremation authorization if applicable

 

We'd like to make this process as smooth and stress-free for you as we can, so remember to bring the following information about your loved one with you as well:

  • Full legal name and home address
  • Social security number
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Father's name
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Veteran's discharge papers (DD-214), if applicable
  • Highest education
  • Occupation
  • Information about the burial location if applicable
  • Clergy name and phone number if applicable
  • Names and relationships of survivors
  • Insurance policy information if using to pay for funeral expenses

 

Please also bring a recent photograph and any clothing you'd like us to use when dressing them for the service.

Woodward Funeral Homes and Cremation Services Daytona Beach | (386) 253-7601
167 Ridgewood Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32117

Woodward Funeral Homes and Cremation Services Ormond Beach | (386) 441-1010
1780 Oceanshore Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL 32176


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