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Where to Start

Funeral planning can get overwhelming, but you’re not alone. Our staff is here to support you and help you through your grief journey while honoring your loved one. To help you get started, below is some helpful information. But please feel free to contact us with any questions.

 


 

Within Hours

When a loved one dies at home or somewhere that isn’t a healthcare facility, you’ll need to contact emergency personnel before they can be taken into our care. If your loved one was under medical care, you should call their physician as well.

If your loved one dies in a healthcare facility, they will notify the proper authorities, including your chosen funeral home if they have that information. Emergency and medical personnel involved will help you obtain a medical certificate and other necessary paperwork.

If you’re unsure of what to do, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.



FIRST DECISIONS TO BE MADE

  • Burial or cremation
  • Will there be any viewing of the deceased prior to the burial or cremation



NEXT THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • For a burial, location of their final resting place in grave or mausoleum
  • For a cremation, location of their final resting place through burial or scattering
    • Visitation or Viewing
    • Time of Remembrance/Celebration of Life
    • Location- Funeral Home or Place of Worship or Graveside Service, etc.
    • Any religious services with clergy or family leading
  • Type of casket or urn

When We Meet

When you meet with one of our staff members to begin planning the funeral, we'll show you our general price list to give you a basic idea of our service costs. Then, we’ll talk with you about your loved one to get a better understanding of the person and services to honor their life.

Our staff will use this information to help you create a personalized, meaningful service to celebrate your loved one. You can share your funeral preferences and ideas, stories about your loved one, their passions, and any other insights into your loved one’s life.

This process also may include:

  • Preparing and filing the official death certificate
  • Drafting an obituary
  • Scheduling the funeral services and events, including the date, time, and location
  • Selecting a casket, urn, and any other products
  • Choosing pallbearers
  • Arranging transportation

We want to make this process as simple and stress-free as possible, so please bring the following information about your loved one:

  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Full legal name and home address
  • Social security number
  • Father's name
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Highest education
  • Occupation
  • Veteran's discharge papers (DD-214), if applicable
  • Information about the burial location, if applicable
  • Clergy name and phone number, if applicable
  • Insurance policy information if using to pay for funeral expenses
  • Names and relationships of survivors
  • A recent photograph of your loved one and any clothing you want used when dressing them for the service

Hoover Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc - Harrisburg
Phone: (717) 652-8888
6011 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17112

Hoover Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc - Hershey
Phone: (717) 533-7700
88 Lucy Ave., P.O. Box 475, Hershey, PA 17033


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