A loved one has died. What do you do first?

When a person departs this world, there are a lot of things that need to happen within a very short time. Some are mundane, the same sort of details and paperwork, in fact, that accompanied their arrival! Others, such as viewing, burial services and lasting memorial, reflect great pride and remembrance for a life well-lived.

Choosing a funeral home, church, cemetery, casket, internment or cremation, and memorial—these decisions are all part of planning a funeral, whether that planning takes place twenty years before or one day after death.

Our professional mission is to guide you through the process by reminding you of these details in their turn and helping you focus on the lasting choices you have been entrusted with on behalf of the departed.

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Find out if there are pre-arrangements

If final arrangements were pre-planned, you should have clear instructions about who to contact. If those instructions cannot be found, or if there is some reason they cannot be carried out, the first thing to do is contact the family attorney. If you believe the departed may have made their arrangements with CCCS or the Catholic Family Security Association, contact us immediately.

If there are no pre-arrangements

In the absence of pre-arrangements, someone—perhaps you—must now make a series of irrevocable choices in the best interests the family and the estate, and in accordance with the wishes of the departed to the extent they are known. A tall order for anyone, and made more difficult the closer you are to the one who has died.

But you are not alone in this. The professional staff at Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society is there to guide and assist your family through the difficult planning process. We know exactly what has to be done and when, and how best to help you focus on making the right decisions along the way.

Our pledge to you at need

Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society pledges to:

  • Handle all pertinent records and filings.
  • Discuss openly the technical and liturgical aspects of in-ground burial; above ground interment; cremation and burial or above-ground memorial.
  • Help you choose appropriate burial and memorial products.
  • Communicate clearly all other services that are required or available with your choice.
  • Preserve a permanent record your funeral choices.
  • Communicate your choices to your family.
  • Act as a guardian of your liturgical rights.
  • Review your financial bill and answer any questions your family may have.
  • Act as an advocate to assure that your family receives all benefit options.

Contact us to receive a complete list of things that must be done on the most difficult day of your life and a free Memorial Record Guide to help you organize key documents and requests for your family.