Where to Begin
Planning a funeral can be overwhelming, but you are not alone in this. We’re here to support you throughout this journey and make this process one of love, healing, and life celebration. Below is some information to help you get started, but you can contact us at any time if you need help.

What to Expect When We Meet

When you meet with a member of our staff to discuss your arrangements, we’ll first provide you with a general price list to give you a basic idea of what our services cost. We’ll then ask you about your loved one to gain an understanding of the person the services will honor. Use this time to communicate your ideas and preferences, share your loved one’s life story, revisit memories, and highlight their accomplishments. Our professionals will use this information to guide you in the creation of a personalized, meaningful celebration of your loved one’s life. 

This process may include:

  • Preparing and filing the official death certificate
  • Scheduling the services and events (including the location, date, and time)
  • Selecting a casket, urn, or other products you may need
  • Drafting an obituary
  • Arranging necessary transportation
  • Selecting pallbearers

When a Death Occurs

Whether a death is sudden or expected, the loss of a loved one is indescribable. When you are in a heightened emotional state, even the most basic decisions can seem staggering. This section seeks to guide you through the immediate hours following a passing. This guide also contains a form to help you gather some of the vital information that we will need to help plan for your loved one’s funeral.

If the person was not under hospice care, the police will have to be notified immediately. The police will be dispatched to the home and will place the call to the coroner or medical examiner. From there, the coroner or medical examiner will remove the body and determine whether further action is necessary. The coroner or medical examiner must release the body before a funeral home can do anything. If the person was under hospice care, contact the hospice representative, and they will notify family members what the proper procedures are to follow.

The staff of a care facility, such as a hospital or nursing home, will notify you and the necessary authorities immediately after a death has occurred. If a funeral home has been provided to the hospital or nursing home, they will be notified at the time of passing. If you are present at the hospital when the funeral director arrives, they will ask a few questions about the deceased’s wishes and set up a time to make arrangements. If you are not present, a funeral director will contact you by telephone to discuss these arrangements.

Once everything has been cleared with the proper authorities, the next call you place should be to a licensed funeral director. Funeral directors are here to help you obtain a death certificate, transport the body, and, in the event a plan ahead was not done, select a casket or urn and arrange the funeral or memorial service. The funeral director will also help you notify the employer and insurance company of the deceased. Funeral directors are there to help you and advise you.

You should meet with a funeral director within 24 hours of a death to begin making final arrangements for your loved one. Deciding on these final arrangements may seem like a very daunting task, especially when you are in heightened emotional state. Do not worry: funeral home staff have years of experience, and will strive to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Required Information

First, the Funeral Director will gather information required for the death certificate. This includes:
If no plan ahead has been done, necessary arrangements need to be made for the funeral service. These include:

To our Spanish Speaking/Latino Community of Framingham

As Framingham continues to grow and evolve, so to does our large Latino population. In fact, it grew 32% according to the 2020 census. We are privileged to serve your family in new and unique ways, while honoring your rich heritage and cultural traditions. Spanish language interpreters are available 24 hours a day to assist us in making the process easier and a bit more like home. From traditional services to cremation, and international repatriation McCarthy, McKinney and Lawler are the leaders in Framingham and Metrowest.

A nuestra comunidad hispana/latina de Framingham

A medida que Framingham continúa creciendo y evolucionando, también lo hace nuestra gran población latina. De hecho, creció un 32% según el censo de 2020. Tenemos el privilegio de servir a su familia de maneras nuevas y únicas, mientras honramos su rica herencia y tradiciones culturales. Los intérpretes de español están disponibles las 24 horas del día para ayudarnos a hacer el proceso más fácil y un poco más como en casa. Desde servicios tradicionales hasta cremación y repatrición internacional, McCarthy, McKinney y Lawler son los líderes en Framingham y Metrowest.

To our Portuguese Speaking and Brazilian Community of Framingham

From Governador Valadares to Framingham we enjoy a long and rich history with the Brazilian Community, and at McCarthy, McKinney and Lawler we are privileged to be the leader in providing the Brazilian Community with new and unique ways to honor their loved ones, while honoring cultural traditions. With Portuguese and Spanish interpreters available 24 hours a day, we are able to simplify the process, and serve with compassion, understanding, and dignity. From traditional services to cremation, and international repatriation, we are here for you.

À nossa Comunidade de Língua Portuguesa e Brasileira de Framingham

De Governador Valadares a Framingham, desfrutamos de uma longa e rica história com a comunidade brasileira, e na McCarthy, McKinney e Lawler temos o privilégio de ser líderes em fornecer à comunidade brasileira maneiras novas e únicas de homenagear seus entes queridos, honrando a cultura tradições. Com intérpretes de português e espanhol disponíveis 24 horas por dia, podemos simplificar o processo e atender com compaixão, compreensão e dignidade. De serviços tradicionais a cremação e repatriação internacional, estamos aqui para você.

A funeral director will guide you through all of these steps, using your wants, needs and desires as a foundation to create a memorable funeral for your loved one. From here the funeral services can be personalized. Did your loved one have a favorite sports team? What was their favorite type of music? What activity was your loved one known best for? Sharing these memories with the grieving process will allow you to pay tribute to the life of your loved one.

Live or Delayed Funeral Webcasting

We can help you use technology to bring together family and friends from all over the world in honor of a loved one who has passed. Webcasting your loved one’s service is a great way to involve those who are too ill to travel, those serving in the military, those who cannot afford to travel, or friends and family who can’t make it for other reasons.

Online Arrangements

The first step is to gather some information. We will be using the following information to complete and file a death certificate. One thing to think about is how many certified copies of the death certificates you will need. Our online Arrangement form can be accessed below, complete as many details as possible and our team will be in touch.

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