Where to Begin

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. You can contact us any time.


Within Hours

When a loved one dies anywhere outside of a healthcare facility or hospice care, you’ll need to contact emergency personnel before we can take them into our care.

If your loved one dies in a healthcare facility, staff will notify the proper authorities, including us.

Emergency and medical personnel involved in this part of the process will work with us directly to secure necessary paperwork.

This part of the process is often the most emotional, and we are here to help and support you. If you’re not sure what to do, call us - any time, any day.

Within the First Two Days

Start to notify close friends and relatives. In addition to personal phone calls, we can arrange and publish a local death notice. If this process is too painful for you, it’s absolutely okay to ask a trusted family member or friend to help you.

This is also when you'll meet with our funeral director to begin planning services and proceed with final paperwork. We will review any of your loved one’s preplanned funeral wishes with you, explain your options, and discuss what types of services best fit you, your family, and your loved one's legacy.  

Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions even before we meet with you. We're here to offer as much peace of mind as possible.

What to Expect When We Meet

When you meet with us to discuss arrangements, we'll first provide you with a general price list. This list itemizes costs of all services we offer. Our general price list is not meant to overwhelm you but to offer complete transparency.

Next we will fill out our Obituary and Vital Statistics Information sheet. This sheet provides all information we need to complete the death certificate and draft an obituary. We can get this information sheet to you before we meet if you'd like to gather information beforehand.

We'll then ask you about your loved one. Use this time to communicate your ideas and preferences for services, share your loved one's life story, and highlight important memories. Together we will plan personalized, meaningful services to celebrate your loved one's life.

We'd like to make this process as smooth and stress-free for you as we can. If possible, bring the following information with you when you come:

  • Your loved one's full legal name and home address
  • Social security number
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Father's name
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Veteran's discharge papers (DD-214), if applicable
  • Highest education achieved
  • Occupation
  • Information about the burial location if applicable
  • Clergy name and phone number if applicable
  • Names and relationships of survivors
  • Names and relationships of predeceased family
  • Insurance policy information if applicable


We will also need:

  • a recent photograph to publish alongside the obituary; and
  • any viewing or burial clothing you'd like us to use.

    As always, if you need clarification on any of these items, please give us a call.

McGeehan Funeral Homes Martin Chapel in Chesaning
Phone: (989) 845-3420
316 W. Broad St., Chesaning, MI 48616

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Phone: (810) 638-5077
9405 Butternut St., New Lothrop, MI 48460

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Phone: (989) 865-6838
209 Entrepreneur Dr., St. Charles, MI 48655

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Phone: (989) 224-4422
1500 Waterford Parkway, St. Johns, MI 48879

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