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Where to Begin

Where to Begin

Planning a funeral can be overwhelming, but you are not alone in this. We’re honored to support you throughout this journey and make the process one of love, healing, and life celebration. Please call when you are ready to let us help you in the process.  In the meantime, here is some information to help you know what to expect.


Within Hours

If your loved one dies in a healthcare facility, the facility staff will notify the proper authorities, including the funeral home if you have informed the facility of your wishes.

If your loved one dies under the care of a hospice organization, the hospice nurse will notify your loved one’s doctor and your funeral director

If your loved one died in a place other than a healthcare facility, and was not under hospice care, you will need to call 911 to report the death.   Emergency personnel will respond to the location, and will contact the proper authorities and your funeral director.

These moments may be very emotional or stressful for you, but we are ready to support you. If at any point you’re not sure what to do, call us.



Within the First Few Days

Notify your close friends and relatives, those whose support you will value most in the days ahead.  You may want to allow a trusted friend to share the task of contacting these important individuals.  Additionally, the obituaries and death notices that we help you create will communicate your loved one’s passing to the larger community.

This also is the time to meet with your funeral director to begin planning a service. If your loved one preplanned his services, we will review those arrangements together and finalize the details.  If no pre-arrangements are in place, we will talk together about:

  • The type of services you desire: traditional or cremation
  • The types of ceremonies that will serve your family best: viewing, funeral service, memorial service.
  • The participants: ministers, speakers, musicians, pallbearers
  • The type of casket or urn
  • The location of the final resting place

We want to make this process less stressful for you. Don’t hesitate to contact us to gain a better understanding of your options.




What to Expect When We Meet

We'll talk together about your loved one to learn more about his or her life. We’ll invite you to share your loved one's life story with us, revisit memories, and highlight accomplishments. We’ll talk about your ideas and preferences in regard to services, and together we will create a personalized, meaningful celebration of your loved one's life.

In this process our staff will:

  • Coordinate with numerous individuals to schedule the services you desire
  • Confirm the participation of ministers, musicians and pallbearers you’ve selected
  • Work with military entities, if applicable, to honor your loved one’s service to our country
  • Create an obituary to post on our website and submit to your preferred newspapers
  • Support you throughout the events that celebrate your loved one’s life
  • Prepare and file your loved one’s death certificate 
  • Assist you in filing life insurance claims and help you connect with numerous agencies specific to your needs

During our meeting, we will also provide you with a wide selection of casket, vault, urn, and memorial product options from which to choose for the services of your loved one.

Before you come to this arrangement conference, we will provide you with a checklist of items to bring along with you, which may include:

  • Clothing for your loved one, as well as glasses and jewelry you’d like us to use
  • A photograph of your loved one
  • Honorarble discharge (DD-214) if your loved one was a veteran
  • Life insurance policies for which we would assist you in filing claims

Bear Funeral Home
Phone: (540) 337-7188
14 Green Hill Ln., PO Box 602, Churchville, VA 24421


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