In Time of Loss

Offering Support at Your Time of Loss
At a time of loss, there are many decisions to be made and plans to arrange. You, as the bereaved family, will be burdened with questions and problems that you may have never been confronted with before. We can offer you our assistance in this trying time. Many people are unsure what steps to take when a death occurs, and at Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel , we are committed to ensuring that the families we serve are well-informed of their options. The necessary steps usually depend on the location and circumstances. It is important that you understand what can be done, and we want to make sure that you have the necessary information required to make these important decisions. Find out more about the extensive services we offer, the documents we can process for you and the necessary formalities we handle, and how much you can expect to pay, by clicking below. We will inform you in detail about
What To Do in the Event of a Death?

If a death occurs outside of a medical facility and it unattandence death, immediately contact 911. if your under Hospice care, please call the Hospice Nurse on call. if the Death occurs out of state, please contact Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel to make all arrangements to get the Deceased ship back here to us.

Your next phone call should be to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel so we can take care of all of the formalities involved. The paperwork involved when a loved one dies can unfortunately be very confusing. Therefore, as your professional funeral director we will take care of obtaining and reporting all necessary paperwork including a death certificate and burial permits.

Unanticipated death at home or elsewhere In these situations, you should immediately contact 911; police and emergency medical personnel will then determine the appropriate steps to take. Generally, the authorities can release the remains directly to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, anywhere in the United States and in some parts of Canada and International. Call in a timely manner so that so that preparations may begin. In some situations, however, the remains may need to be taken to the Medical Examiner’s office; this occurs when the cause of death may not yet be known.

If death occurs in an Institution Should the death occur at a hospital or care home (nursing/convalescent), the medical/nursing staff should handle all necessary legal steps. You simply need to inform the staff that Beth Shalom will provide a Funeral specialist that will make the removal of the remains and start the process. You may have to complete any legal release paperwork at the place of death.

Anticipated death at home Today, more people with terminal illnesses are more comfortable at home under the care of Hospice in the final stages of their illness. In this situation, you should inform Hospice that Beth Shalom will be the local funeral services specialist to take care of the remains. The hospice personnel may want to contact Beth Shalom ahead of the anticipated death. Please feel free to provide them with our phone number so that we may make a smooth start and smooth overall process. Hospice will then supervise the necessary legal requirements. Often, when someone is faced with a terminal illness, the family will decide to make arrangements in advance - saving them the time and emotional decisions needed at the time of death.

Death out-of-state If the death occurs out of state, you should call us at our main office. We are well equipped to provide services in all areas of the United States. We can then coordinate the transfer with a local funeral professional at the place of death. We can save families money by making all necessary arrangements. This is a basic explanation of your options in certain circumstances. If you would like further information, please feel free to contact us via email or by phone. We are here to help and to serve you, and we will be happy to answer any questions that you might have.

Mourning in Peace

Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel will attend to all of the responsibilities confronting you during your time of loss. We will answer any questions you may have about the funeral, and support you during your time of grief. All of our services are provided in close coordination with you and in accordance with your exact wishes.

Services we provide to support you in your time of loss include:

  • Transportation of the deceased
  • Embalming, dressing and casket service
  • Retention of the body at the funeral home
  • Organization of the funeral service
  • Taking care of formalities such as death certificates, vital records and burial permits
  • Making funeral arrangements and assisting with invitations
  • Publishing obituaries in the local papers
  • Arranging for a clergyman or other public speaker
  • Shiva
  • Helping select a casket or urn or headstone (memorials)
  • Arrangement of other services such as florists, organ players, cemetery,Opening and Closing of the Grave
  • Escorts for Funeral
  • Limousine(s)
  • Chevra Kadisha: Purifying the body before burial (Tahara)
  • Provision of a guestbook for funeral services
  • Grief counseling
  • Assisting with the execution of wills

They will be by your side to advise you and give you room and time to work through the process of grieving. Just give us a call at 407 599-1180 or send us an email.

Unpleasant, but Unavoidable: Formalities and Paperwork

When a loved one dies, those left behind are confronted with many formalities. At Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel we are here to help you with words and deeds. After all, we know the importance of the process of mourning and will do our best to allow you to say goodbye to your loved one in peace.

A sample of the services we provide on request:

  • Ordering copies of death certificates and obtaining death records from the Office of Vital Records.
  • Selecting a burial site and obtaining a burial permit
  • Scheduling a clergyman / rabbi or other public speaker for the funeral service
  • Notifying the health insurance company of the death and applying for any applicable benefits
  • Notifying retirement funds of the death and applying for a continuation of retirement payments in advance of the widow's or widower's retirement plan
  • Notifying employers
  • Deregistration from local authorities, retirement plans etc.  
  • Registering the deceased for the "do not call list" to avoid unsolicited advertisements 
  • Filing for life insurance claims



<In order to be able to handle official tasks for you, we need the following documents:

  • Identification of the deceased (passport, driver's license, state ID card, etc.)
  • For singles or minors: a certified birth certificate copy
  • For married couples: a certified marriage certificate copy
  • For divorced couples: a legal divorce decree or certified copy of an excerpt from Vital Records
  • For widowers: a certified copy of an excerpt from Vital Records showing the spouse has died, or a certified marriage certificate copy and the spouse's death certificate 
  • Insurance card from the respective health insurance company 
  • Notice of retirement benefits (insurance policy number), if already retired
  • Other insurance policy documents, e.g. life insurance
  • Membership or contribution records from other associations, unions and organizations granting death benefits or assistance 
  • Preplanned funeral agreements, if available
  • Last will or deposit certificate for the local court or notary 
  • A burial certificate, if available
  • Bequest agreement for maintenance of the grave site, if available
  • All documents issued by a physician, especially the death certificate

If official documents have been lost, we will obtain new copies of them for you.