Obituaries

Filomena Gargiulo
B: 1923-08-14
D: 2018-06-14
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Gargiulo, Filomena
Maria Bastone
B: 1930-04-26
D: 2018-06-12
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Bastone, Maria
Luis Asencio
B: 1941-08-18
D: 2018-06-09
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Asencio, Luis
Antoinette Colicchio
B: 1930-10-13
D: 2018-06-04
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Colicchio, Antoinette
Hannah Zaccagnino
B: 1937-12-15
D: 2018-06-04
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Zaccagnino, Hannah
Frank Mancuso
B: 1985-07-26
D: 2018-06-02
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Mancuso, Frank
Marianne Teska
B: 1934-05-30
D: 2018-05-31
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Teska, Marianne
Palmira Sanchez
B: 1925-05-27
D: 2018-05-30
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Sanchez, Palmira
Vincent Janniello
D: 2018-05-28
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Janniello, Vincent
Lucila Leon
B: 1916-01-29
D: 2018-05-28
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Leon, Lucila
John Sapienza
B: 1935-07-23
D: 2018-05-26
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Sapienza, John
Michael Scarangella
B: 1943-01-24
D: 2018-05-22
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Scarangella, Michael
Stephen Jackson
B: 1946-07-14
D: 2018-05-22
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Jackson, Stephen
Velva Tracie Hunter
B: 1965-10-16
D: 2018-05-20
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Hunter, Velva Tracie
Kathleen Rango
D: 2018-05-19
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Rango, Kathleen
Silvia Mahler
D: 2018-05-17
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Mahler, Silvia
Carmen Torres-Velez
B: 1956-05-25
D: 2018-05-15
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Torres-Velez, Carmen
Stephen Rinaldi
B: 1928-09-07
D: 2018-05-13
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Rinaldi, Stephen
Carmela Nuzzo
B: 1923-05-02
D: 2018-05-04
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Nuzzo, Carmela
Joan Mahoney
D: 2018-05-03
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Mahoney, Joan
Wilfredo Torres Rivera
B: 1949-01-31
D: 2018-05-02
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Torres Rivera, Wilfredo

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The First Meeting with Our Funeral Home

funeral planning Sisto Funeral HomeChances are, within the first 24 hours of your loved one’s death, you will need to meet with a funeral home to begin the funeral arrangements. While you could choose to meet with us, you could also decide to meet with another funeral provider. Either way, the following information will help you prepare for what is often called “the arrangement conference.”

Without a doubt, this is a difficult time for you and your loved ones. Yet, it’s comforting to know every member of the funeral home staff will be there to do their utmost to make this difficult time a little bit easier. The Funeral Director will guide you in making all the necessary decisions. It’s good to know you are not alone.

Would You Like Someone to Go with You?

Perhaps you would like another member of the family to come along with you. Or maybe you would rather have a friend or close neighbor join you. While it’s not necessary to bring someone with you for moral support, it can be very beneficial.

Please do not hesitate to ask someone to join you. Chances are they will be honored at your request, and gladly step up to help you during this time. Asking for help while you are grieving is crucial. A quality support system can be very helpful while you grieve. When you ask, make sure to tell them that you understand if they would feel uncomfortable in joining you.

Who is Responsible for Making the Decisions?

It’s important to know exactly who is legally responsible for making the funeral arrangement decisions for a loved one. If the deceased has not expressed their wishes through a written document such as a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, or a Last Will and Testament, where the deceased has designated an agent to fulfill their wishes; then the chain of command is commonly as follows:

  • Legal Spouse/Partner
  • Surviving Adult Child/Children
  • Surviving Parent
  • Surviving Adult Sibling
  • Ex-Spouse
  • Parent of Minor Child

The person designated as the responsible party, whoever they may be, needs to be present to make decisions, and sign documents. If you have questions about the accepted kinship-related order of precedence, or are unclear as to who is the responsible person in funeral planning, give us a call at 718-892-2102.  

Should Someone Else Be Included in Making the Arrangements?

While assigning responsibility is an important part of funeral planning, it is also very important to include any children, friends, or other family members who would like to be part of arranging the funeral. Funeral planning can be a large undertaking and it can be quite taxing if only one individual takes on the task alone. Financial assistance to help cover funeral expenses might be where you need the most help. Furthermore, family members and friends may not have any legal decision-making rights but their input could be very valuable.

Have You Gathered the Necessary Documents?

Life and death are full of legalities. When a loved one dies, it is not just an emotional matter for those left behind; it is a legal one which requires the timely completion of paperwork. The Funeral Director will tell you that the first step in caring for your loved one involves completing, and filing, the Death Certificate and Burial or Cremation permit.

These documents need to be completed as accurately as possible and if you are not prepared with the necessary information, then most of your initial meeting will be spent retrieving this information.

To assist the funeral home in preparing all the necessary documents, it is helpful to bring some of the following things with you:

  • Deceased's Birth Certificate
  • Deceased's Marriage Certificate
  • Deceased's Military Discharge Papers
  • Deceased's Funeral Prearrangement documents (if available)
  • Deceased Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
  • Last Will and Testament and any Codicils
  • Revocable Living Trust

If you have questions about the legal documents you should bring with you, please contact us