Someone you love just died and somehow planning a funeral was not part
of the conversation and now you are not sure what are the next steps of
what to do.
Let the Catholic Cemeteries in the Diocese of San Jose help your loved
one meet eternal life with faith, hope, and love.
We believe that our responsibility is care for you and your loved ones
before, during, and after a death occurs and the need for traditional
cemetery services arises. Our various service offerings will help you
with all the necessary steps to make your funeral arrangements as smooth
Seven things to do:
Notify the proper authorities.
- If the death occurs under hospital or hospice watch, the proper authorities
will be notified and help you make arrangements with the coroner's
office for transport of the remains.
- If death happens at home, contact the local police or 911 for assistance.
If your loved one is an organ donor, you'll need to act quickly. If
you're not sure, check their driver's license or will for instructions.
Contact family and friends.
Reach out for help in making arrangements and locating key documents.
Split up such tasks as contacting others who will want to know, providing support.
Contact your Parish Priest
Arrange for the necessary rites to be administered.
Make funeral arrangements.
Contact the Diocese of San Jose Cemetery funeral home partners.
If your loved one had a will or other document that indicate their desire
for an in ground burial or cremation wishes. If not, our family funeral
home parnters can guide you through the paperwork process, such as placing
an obituary and ordering death certificates.
Select burial location and types
- Gate of Heaven Cemetery - Los Altos
- Calvary Cemetery - San Jose
- St. John the Baptist Cemetery - Milpitas
Choose burial options
In Ground Burial, Masoleum, Crypts, Niche
Locate key documents.
If the deceased prepared a will that names an executor to oversee the disposition
of his or her estate; otherwise, the court will have to appoint one.
Search for their files for a trust; insurance policies (life, home and
auto); bank, credit card, mortgage and loan accounts; safe deposit box
key; contact information for lawyer, doctor, accountant or other professional
advisors; and passwords to computer and other accounts.
Notify appropriate government agencies, creditors, insurance companies
and other organizations with which the deceased had business or financial
arrangements. Typically, you'll be required to submit a certified
copy of the death certificate, make sure you order extra copies. The funeral
home can help, or order through the county health department.