site image

A Death Has Occurred

We are very sorry for your loss and stand ready to assist you in your time of need.

The overwhelming feelings of despair, disbelief, shock, and numbness caused by the passing of a loved one cannot be conveyed by mere words. Even when the death is expected, the pain that loss brings can still be devastating. In truth, no one is completely prepared for the death of someone close to their heart.

During this difficult time, there are decisions to be made immediately, arrangements to be coordinated, and a lot of things to be considered for your loved one’s final farewell. We understand how this may feel overwhelming, especially with the grief you’re feeling over the loss. Please know that we are here to help and support you.

On this page, we’ve put together helpful information to guide you through this process.

immediately after the death

If your loved one passes away while under the care of a facility — such as a nursing home or a hospital — staff from the facility will contact you.

If the death occurred at home, you will need to get in touch with his/her hospice provider or the police if the decedent wasn't under the care of hospice.

In the event that no one was present at the time of death, you will need to contact the police before moving the deceased to another location.

Contacting Us to let us know a death has occurred

The Layton family will assist you with your funeral arrangements. We will collect information from you in order to facilitate the transfer of your loved one’s remains to our facility. You would also be asked if the deceased has made pre-arrangements and whether or not you’d like for him/her to be embalmed. While of course you can ask any questions you have in your mind during this call, note that once you visit the funeral home, we can discuss the arrangements in greater detail.

During this call, you’ll also be informed about the things that you need to bring with you like the clothes your deceased loved one will use for the burial. Feel free to call us whenever you feel the need to. Remember that we are here to listen to you, help you, and guide you during this difficult and trying time.

An arrangement conference

On your first meeting with us, we will discuss the arrangements for your loved one’s burial. You will be shown a list of our services so you can decide what suits your family’s preferences and budget. You will be asked whether you’d prefer burial, entombment or a cremation arrangement and you would in most cases, select a casket, schedule a time and date for the services, decide on the cemetery, provide the funeral home with an obituary notice, arrange for vehicle services, and select flowers.

We would also use this opportunity to inquire about your loved one for us to have a better understanding of the person the services will honor.

site image

In this section

A Death Has Occurred

Who Controls the Funeral

Death Certificates

Arrangement Form

Virtual Showroom


Layton's Home For Funerals
250 W. Lacey Road
| Forked River, NJ 08731
Tel: 1-609-971-6800

© 2023 Layton's Home For Funerals. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Accessibility