Death is inevitable. No matter how much we prepare beforehand, we are never really ready for the death of a loved one. Death requires the surviving family to cope with many new and unfamiliar emotions and decisions. When a death has occurred, we strongly encourage you to contact us immediately so that we can inform and guide you through the process of making all the necessary arrangements. As soon as you entrust your loved one into our care, you and your family can rest assured that we will treat your loved one as if they were a member of our own family. The Ascher-Zimmerman Funeral Home is available to you 24 hours a day, each and every day of the year.

When Death Occurs at a Hospital or Another Facility

When the death occurs at a hospital or nursing home, the medical staff should take care of all necessary legal steps. You just need to notify the medical staff at the facility that the Ascher-Zimmerman Funeral Home is handling your loved one’s arrangements. Then either someone at the facility, or a family member, just needs to place one phone call to us so that we can go to the facility and bring your loved one back to the funeral home.

When Death Occurs at Home

Today, more and more people are electing to die in the comfort of their own home under the care of hospice. In this situation, notify the hospice nurse that we are your chosen funeral home, and they will take care of all necessary legal requirements. In most situations, the hospice nurse will call the funeral home on your behalf to let us know of your loved one’s passing. We will then come to the home, usually within an hour, to bring your loved one back to the funeral home.

When Death Occurs Unexpectedly

Sometimes, people pass away unexpectedly at home or elsewhere. In these situations, immediately call 911. The police and emergency medical personnel will then determine the appropriate steps to be taken. Often, the police can release your loved one directly to our funeral home. However, in certain situations, your loved one may need to go to the Medical Examiner's office so that they can determine the cause of death. Once the Medical Examiner’s office has completed their examination, you will need to sign a release form before your loved one can be released into our care. After the Medical Examiner’s office gives us permission, we will go to their office to bring your loved one back to the funeral home.

When Death Occurs Away From the Springfield area

Should the death take place out of the Springfield area we can assist you in making all the necessary arrangements. With just one phone call to Ascher-Zimmerman, we will take care of all the details of returning your loved one back to the Springfield area. Because of our membership in the Jewish Funeral Directors of America and KAVOD, the independent Jewish Funeral Directors Association, we have extensive contacts with most Jewish Funeral Homes in the USA and Canada. Our membership in the National Funeral Directors of America aids us in locating the best funeral homes in those cities where a JFDA or KAVOD member does not exist.

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