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Middle Village, NY 11379
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494 Seneca Avenue,
Ridgewood, NY 11385
are our first priority.
A funeral service represents a family’s
final farewell to their loved one. Knowing this,
we go beyond what is expected to ensure
the ceremony is beautiful and memorable...
a truly fitting tribute to that special life.
We invite you to visit us to meet our staff
and tour our facility. We think you’ll be
pleased to find that making lasting impressions
is our first priority.
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Continuing a proud tradition of dignified, personal service.
Away from home
How to handle a death that occurs
away from home
Whether you’re a snowbird
going to a warmer climate to escape
winter weather or you’re traveling on
a business trip, it’s wise to prepare for
Accidents happen. People fall victim
to new or existing medical conditions.
Death is always an overwhelming
event, especially so when it occurs
away from home. That’s why it is wise
to carry a wallet-sized card listing
the names of your next-of-kin, the
telephone number of your funeral
director and stating whether any
funeral prearrangements have been
made. Most travelers wouldn’t dream
of leaving home on an extended trip
without carrying along copies of prescriptions,
yet how many think to include
personal information that would
facilitate their fi nal arrangements if
the unthinkable happens?
Robert Ruggiero, a licensed New
York City funeral director, off ers these
suggestions to help cope with death
away from home.
Don’t leave the body. The most frequent
response by family members experiencing
a death away from home is to hurry
home to begin funeral arrangements.
However, most deaths that occur
while traveling are sudden and require
an investigation by the local
medical examiner’s offi ce and police
The family member traveling with
the person who remains available to
the authorities at the place of death
will expedite the return process.
If a person has died and family is not
with the deceased, survivors should
not fl y out to the place of death.
Wi th today’s technology, there’s a
good possibility that if identifi cation is
required, survivors can save time by staying
home and requesting another means
to accomplish the necessary procedures.
Appoint your hometown funeral director
as the “point person.” Allow him
or her to select the means of returning
your loved one home. Your family funeral
director is familiar with the necessary
procedures to ease the process for you.
If the death occurs overseas, the U.S.
State Department’s Bureau of Consular
Aff airs in Washington, DC (202-647-
5225) or the local Embassy can provide
emergency assistance for Americans
traveling overseas who encounter a
tragedy of this nature.
For more information visit the Bureau
of Consular Aff airs website, https://
Any expense will ultimately be the
responsibility of the bereaved family
but because of the State Department’s
intervention, there may be no immediate
upfront expense in most cases.
For more information, you might
want to call your family funeral director
before leaving home.
Courtesy of NYS Funeral Directors Association