• Don’t include details such as day and month of birth (use only the year) or addresses in obituaries. (Aside from preventing identity theft, you don’t want thieves to visit the house, helping themselves while you are interring a loved one.
• Promptly notify the Social Security Administration of the death at 1-800-772-1213 between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm Monday-Friday. For the hearing impaired, the number is 1-800-325-0778.
• Mail copies of the death certificate to all three credit reporting bureaus- Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – and all credit issuers to cancel accounts right after the person dies. The credit bureau addresses are:
Equifax Office of Fraud Assistance
P.O. Box 105069
Atlanta, GA 30348
P.O. Box 9530
Allen, TX 75013
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834
• Contact your state department of motor vehicles to cancel any driver’s license and prevent duplicates from being issued.
• By law, you are entitled a free credit report from all three main bureaus every year. Several weeks following the death, use this service- at www.annualcreditreport.com – to run a credit report on the deceased to ensure there is no suspicious activity.
To prevent any future risk of identity theft, please place an official death notice on the credit file of:
DECEASED FULL NAME (WITH MIDDLE INITIAL IF USED)
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
Enclosed you will find a copy of the death certificate. Please contact me if you have any questions by phone or email…
Your name and
AMORY FUNERAL HOME POLICY:
In trying to get ahead of the curve, has implemented some temporary measures to try to comply with current State and Federal recommendations. Through the end of March, social gatherings, including Funerals & Memorial Services are to be limited in size. Hopefully, by being proactive, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Therefore, we are implementing the following guidelines.
1. Funerals and Memorial Services will be limited to immediate family only. We will do our best to help each family, including planning a later celebration of life open to the public after the virus in under control. There will be no additional charge for later services taking place M-F, during normal hours.
2. Arrangement meetings to plan for services will be limited in size. No more than 2-3 family members may come to our offices after a death to plan services. Making arrangements takes place in close quarters, and the fewer people exposed to each other, the better. We will work with each family to handle arrangements in the best way possible, including possible use of email, phone, and text.
3. We are requesting anyone with any minor symptoms at all (sore throat, tickle in throat, cough, sneezing, fever), not come to either of our facilities or services. We are often in contact with elderly & persons with compromised immune systems.
4. We would appreciate persons not needing essential services, visit our funeral home after April 1st. This would include pre-arrangement of funerals (unless necessary for Medicaid spend down), and monument sales.
Caring for local families is very important to us, and that extends to the entire community. If we all can maintain this recommended social distancing, hopefully we can stop the spread of this virulent virus. Prayers and love to you all.