When A Death Occurs

Making Arrangements  |  Writing an Obituary  |  Death Certificates  |

Three generations of the Green family have dedicated themselves to serving the Jewish community, honoring the customs, traditions, and expectations of a Jewish funeral in our diverse Jewish community. Our funeral home is honored to care for our community's Jewish and Interfaith families and all levels of observance.

When A Loved One Dies, What Do I Do?

A death occurs, and without warning, a family member is left to make all the difficult decisions of arranging a funeral. A call to our funeral home will begin the process of making a very difficult situation bearable. Our staff will guide you through the process of making informed choices with the utmost professionalism and compassion.

What Happens If Someone Dies Out Of State Or Even Out Of The Country?

Many times a death occurs away from home whether it be in another state or even out of the country. Should this happen, the Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home is still able to assist you with all the arrangements that need to be made.

We have been a member of KAVOD - The Independent Jewish Funeral Chapels since its founding in 2002. Through this organization, we have forged relationships with other Jewish funeral homes throughout the country and Canada to assist us in the event of an out of state death.

As a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, we have extensive contacts with well-respected funeral homes in areas in which there is no Jewish funeral home available.

Over the years, we have had to work internationally to assist families who have experienced a death in a foreign country. Our experienced staff is well versed in handling this most delicate and complicated situation.

Making Arrangements

Whether you are seeking a traditional funeral service, cremation service, or green funeral options, many of the selections and arrangement options remain exactly the same. Our staff will help you plan according to Jewish customs, your personal wishes, and any applicable laws or regulations.

To find out more about the different types of services offered, please click on the following links:

Traditional Funerals  |  Cremation Services  |  Green Services  |

Making Final Arrangements

If a loved one has passed or you are pre-planning funeral services, our staff will meet with you to discuss each aspect of the funeral service. These arrangements include scheduling the date, time and location of the funeral service, selecting a casket and/or other funeral goods and services, confirming cemetery arrangements, preparing an obituary, and coordinating funeral honors for eligible Veterans.

In addition to planning the services, our staff will obtain all necessary authorizations and permits, record the Death Certificate with the Registrar’s Office, and coordinate with all necessary Federal, State, and Local agencies.

When meeting with a funeral director, please prepare the following information and documents:

  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Hebrew Name
  • Cemetery Deed
  • Veteran’s Honorable Discharge Form DD-214                                                                                         (required for all VA benefits and military funeral honors)
  • Tallis
  • Clothing                                                                                                                                                                  (traditional burial garments (Tachrichim) may be required by the Cemetery or Clergy)
  • Suggested Memorial Contributions (Tzedakah)

Writing An Obituary

It can be very difficult to find the concentration to write an obituary for your loved one almost immediately after their death.  Unfamiliarity with the writing process can add to that stress, as does an upcoming newspaper print deadline. The template below may be used as a guide to writing an obituary in the appropriate format.

[Name], [age] of [City, State], passed away on [Day/Date] at [Location, City/State]. [Name] was born in [City, State/Country], a [Son/Daughter] of [the late] [Parents' Names].

[Biography / Education / Profession / Military Service / Memberships / Community Involvement]

[Name] is survived by [his/her/their] beloved [spouse/partner, their name], [devoted child(ren)]; [Child(ren)’s name(s)] and [his/her/their] [spouse/partner] of [City, State], [adored grandchild(ren)]; [Names] and [his/her/their] [spouse/partner], [dear sibling(s), Name(s)], and by [his/her/their] [niece(s) and nephew(s)]. [Name], was predeceased by [his/her/their] [family member relationship(s) and Name(s)].

Services will take place on [Day/Date] at [Time] from [The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road in Fairfield] (or) [Synagogue Name and Address] (or) [directly graveside at Cemetery Name/Address], (with interment following at) [Cemetery Name and Address]. Shiva will be observed at the home of [Name] in [City, State]. Memorial contributions may be made to: [Organization Name, Address, Website].

Death Certificates

Processing Times

The death certificate is a legal document containing the vital statistics information provided by the next of kin and the cause of death as determined by the physician or Medical Examiner. The funeral home records the original death certificate with the vital records department of the town or city in which the death occurred. The completed certificate is then sent to the State of Connecticut Health Department where certified copies are produced. Processing times vary and typically require 3 to 10 working days.

Certified Copies

All copies of the death certificate your receive from the health department are certified copies of the original. Certified copies will include an embossed seal of the vital records department and signature from the clerk. The original death certificate is retained by the Bureau of Vital Statistics. You must present these sealed certified copies to the various government agencies, financial institutions, and insurance agencies who you are notifying of a death.

If you wish to order additional certified copies, please use the included application to request certified copies from the town or city in which the death occurred. You may also apply online at www.vitalchek.com (additional fees may apply).

Note: Per State of Connecticut Law, for deaths occurring on or after July 1, 1997, only the Funeral Director and the surviving spouse or next of kin may obtain a copy of the death certificate with the decedent’s Social Security number listed on the death certificate. All other requesters will receive a certified copy without the decedent’s Social Security number.

Florida Death Certificates

Florida vital records will produce two versions of the certified death certificate. A long form containing the cause of death medical statement, and a short form without the cause of death medical statement.

In Florida, the Clerk of Circuit Court or Probate (including motor vehicle, real estate, etc) will not accept a Death Certificate with the cause of death. Insurance and some pensions require a Death Certificate with the cause of death.  Other agencies (i.e. social security, banks, stocks & bonds) will accept either Death Certificate but the one with the cause is typically used.

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