No matter the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s passing, it’s important for you to know the next steps to take.
Contact The Funeral Home: Whether or not you know if you’re going to bury, cremate, or entomb your loved one, the funeral home must be contacted. Once you contact us and give us permission, our licensed staff will bring your loved one into our care.
Make An Arrangement Appointment: Some people are able to choose a time to meet with a funeral director the first time they call to notify us of their loved one’s death. Others need a few hours to discuss with family before setting an appointment. Whichever decision you make, setting an appointment with one of our compassionate funeral directors will begin the process of making arrangements for your loved one’s services.
Gather Important Paperwork: Before meeting with your director, be sure to gather important paperwork & information regarding your loved one such as their social security number, date of birth, parents’ names, DD214 (if you’re loved one is a veteran), etc.
Notify Your Immediate Family & Close Friends: While we bring your loved one into our care, you may choose to use the time before meeting with a director to notify your chosen family and friends of your loved one’s death
Take One Step At A Time: Our licensed and caring funeral directors will guide you through steps such as acquiring a death certificate, selecting a casket or urn, preparing an obituary, planning the memorial service, and more. Remember that this process can be overwhelming, but we are here to serve you. Take the process one step at a time, ask our directors and staff questions when needed, and know that we are here to help you in any way that we can.
Forastiere Family Funeral & Cremation 45 Locust St. Springfield, MA 01108 413-733-5311
Forastiere Smith Funeral & Cremation 220 North Main St. East Longmeadow, MA 01028 413-525-2800
Colonial Forastiere Funeral & Cremation 985 Main St. Agawam, MA 01001 413-786-2600
Southwick Forastiere Funeral & Cremation 624 College Hwy. Southwick, MA 01077 413-569-5306