When A Death Occurs

When a death occurs, the order in which things need to be done often depends on where the death occurred. But, one thing should always be remembered: your heightened emotional state upon the death of a loved one. That's why we suggest that you ask a friend for help - someone who is more able to think clearly, and give you the support you need.

At Home or at Work

At Home or at Work

When a death occurs at home or in the workplace, a family member or co-worker should contact emergency personnel and the person's physician if he or she was under a doctor's care. If the death occurs at home with family or friends present, and the person is under a hospice's care, the family will want to call us directly; after notifying hospice. 

However, if the death occurs in a residence and no one is there at the time of death, the police will need to be notified and respond to the residence before the deceased is removed from their home.

If in any case you are not sure of who to notify or what to do, you may call 847.752.6444, and we'll assist you in notifying the proper agencies.

While Under Supervised Care

While Under Supervised Care

When a death occurs in a care facility, such as a hospital or nursing home, the professional staff will notify you and the necessary authorities. If our name has been left with them, the institution will notify Morizzo Funeral Home at the time of the death. We will contact you immediately following their notification to help you proceed. However, we suggest you contact the us; at Morizzo Funeral Home immediately, so you've got the reassurance you need that all is taken care of properly.

If a loved one was in the care of a hospice program, a hospice representative will give family members instructions and procedures to follow. The coroner/medical examiner will be notified by hospice. Following their release; the hospice will contact the us at Morizzo Funeral Home. It is always a good idea for the family to contact us immediately so that we will be aware of the pending call from hospice.

Widening the Circle

Widening the Circle

Everyone at Morizzo Funeral Home is an experienced professional; who can provide much of the information you need, emotional support and compassionate guidance.

While you may ask the Funeral Directors at Morizzo Funeral Home; any questions at this time, you will be able to discuss the arrangements in detail later when you meet in person. During this initial call, we will gather information to be able to transport your loved one to the funeral home.

The funeral director may ask you several questions, including whether your loved one made any pre-arrangements. We will also schedule a date and time for you to meet at Morizzo Funeral Home; and will let you know what you should bring with you. We offer families from Schaumburg, Inverness, Barrington, Streamwood, Hanover Park and our hometown; Hoffman Estates; a beautiful setting in which to come together to honor your loved one.  Others you will need to call are:

- Family members and friends

- Clergy or other spiritual advisors

Those Important Questions

Those Important Questions

If there is no pre-plan in place, there are several other questions that you may have to have answered in regards to the death of your loved one:

- Is embalming necessary?

- Do I need to purchase a casket?

- What about cemetery arrangements?

- What is the importance of engaging the services of a clergy person?

- What type of service should we have?

By contacting us, we'll be able to help answer your questions and assist in making the appropriate plans, by recording your direction. You can always reach us at 847.752.6444.

However, as we've said before, one of the best ways to make sure that all of your questions, concerns and desires are taken care of is; to make pre-arrangements. This is as simple as outlining your wishes to having all of the details written down and possible addressing the financial arrangements. Please contact one of us at 847.752.6444 to learn more about pre-arrangement.

What to Expect When You Arrive at the Funeral Home

What to Expect When You Arrive at the Morizzo Funeral Home

One of the first things we will do is to provide you with our general price list; we will then guide you through the entire arrangement process, explaining how you can create a memorable personal celebration of your loved one's life. This is not a one-way conversation; we want to hear your ideas and desires, and use them as the foundation for the arrangement process.

This process may include:

- Preparing and filing the official death certificate

- Scheduling the location; date and time of services or events

- Selecting a casket, urn or other items

- Preparing an obituary notice, and determining where it will be placed

- Scheduling floral deliveries, memorial luncheon and military honors

- Selecting pallbearers, readers and eulogists

You may also sign necessary authorizations or make arrangements to have them signed by the appropriate family members.

We'd like you to bring 35 - 50 photos, or memorabilia so that we can better discuss how you would like your loved one to be remembered. Having these things, and knowing their favorite gathering place – even their favorite activity – will help us create a truly fitting funeral service / life celebration. 

We will assist you in planning a loving tribute that captures the spirit of the person whose life you wish to honor. To learn more about personalizing the service, please read the Honoring Life section of our Web site. We will discuss personalization with you during your arrangement conference.

The following checklist will help you remember what information about the decedent and items will be needed when meeting with a funeral director.

- Full legal name - Home address

- Social Security number - Date of birth

- Place of birth (city and state)

- Father's name - Mother's name and maiden name

- Veteran's discharge papers (DD-214)

- Recent Photograph

- Highest education - Occupation and type of industry

- Place of burial or entombment (if applicable)

- Clothing (long sleeved with high collar)

- Church, specific Clergy persons name and phone number

- Survivors (name, relationship and phone numbers)

- Insurance policies (if applicable)

A staff member of Morizzo Funeral Home & Cremation Services will be honored to explain all of the options available to you.  We offer families from Schaumburg, Inverness, Barrington, Streamwood, Hanover Park and our hometown; Hoffman Estates; a beautiful setting in which to come together to honor your loved one.