What to do when a death has occurred
To notify us of a death – please call (323) 773-3547.
For other information or inquiries, you may call, fax, or email.
Our staff is experienced in helping families to make arrangements regardless of where the death occurred. We will handle all the arrangements properly and advise you of the best way to get your loved one back to the Los Angeles area. Because of the costs involved in other areas, it is most effective for you to call us directly to handle everything from the beginning.
- If a death occurs at the hospital - Tell the hospital that you have already chosen a funeral home. You may call us to let us know that the death has occurred and set up an appointment to finalize arrangements. If the hospital requires it, sign a release authorizing us to pick up your loved one.
- If a death occurs at home - Call 911. Tell the police you have chosen Allen-English & Estrada Funeral Home. Either the police will call us, or they will have you contact us.
- If your loved one is on hospice care - Call hospice. Tell them that you have chosen Allen-English & Estrada Funeral Home. They will call and notify us.
- If you are traveling or in another community - When death occurs, you should contact Allen-English & Estrada Funeral Home before arranging any type of funeral disposition to prevent incurring additional unnecessary costs. If needed, we can assist you in making the most economical arrangements through a local funeral home in order to transfer your loved one to us.
- If you are outside of the United States - When a person dies while traveling, you will need to notify the U.S. Embassy in the country where the death occurred (although officials in that foreign country may notify the embassy for you). Also, immediately contact us at Allen-English & Estrada Funeral Home and we will work with the embassy on your behalf to return your loved one to the United States.
- If the coroner or medical examiner is involved - If the deceased is not under a doctor’s care or has been involved in an accident or under suspicious circumstances, the medical examiner will need to determine the cause of death. We will work with the Medical Examiner’s office to transfer your loved one to our funeral home.
Certain information about the deceased is required by law for the death certificate and burial permit. It is always helpful to have the following information available. We will need this in order to make the necessary arrangements for the funeral and/or burial:
- Date of Birth
- Place of Birth (City & State)
- Number of Years in this County
- Marital Status
- Social Security #
- Veteran Status – DD 214/ Discharge Paper
- Education Level
- Parents’ Names (including the Maiden Name of Mother)
- States where Parents were Born
- Place of Burial or Resting Place of Cremated Remains
- Usual Occupation
Why Plan Ahead?
Peace of Mind - Those who have experienced the emotional strain of arranging a funeral within hours of losing a loved one often make the choice to pre-plan their own funeral. Doing so lifts the burden from their loved ones by relieving decision-making pressure at a time of grief and emotional stress. With pre-planning, there is no pressure. You can discuss ideas and plans with others in a stress-free environment over a period of time. Decisions you feel good about can be made in advance.
Personal Choice - Funeral arrangements are a deeply personal choice. By planning ahead, a ceremony will be provided in accordance with your wishes. You can make general choices or be as specific as you choose. You can find out all of the options available, determine the type of service, decide what merchandise is appropriate, select the clergy or celebrant, choose music, scriptures, readings, flowers, and pallbearers right down to the smallest detail. Pre-planning provides you with the time to make practical, detailed decisions that reflect your standards, lifestyle, taste, and budget.
Financial Concerns - When you finalize your plan, we can advise you of the total cost. Many people find that putting the cost of a funeral away in a funeral trust will help relieve the financial burden on the family at a later date. A funeral trust will gather interest and will help guard against inflation.
Most of us plan ahead in life. We plan for weddings, our children’s education, family vacations, and other significant expected life events. We also plan for the unexpected events of life by purchasing insurance for our homes, autos, medical needs, and even for funerals.
Please call us at (323) 773-3547 to set up an appointment to discuss planning ahead with a caring professional.