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State health departments require certain vital statistical information before a death certificate can be filed. Knowing the following will help make the process quicker and easier:
- Name — first, middle, last
- State, Zip Code, County of Residence
- Sex, Race, Hispanic? Yes/No
- Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Social Security Number
- Occupation, Type of Industry, Years of Education
- Citizen of (Country)
- Marital Status, Name of Spouse
- Father’s Name, Mother’s Full Maiden Name
- Next of Kin, Relationship
- Next of Kin’s Address
- Next of Kin’s Home and Work Phone
More information about death certificates can be found at the following websites:
- Virginia Department of Health
- Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- District of Columbia Department of Health
For families that are either out of town or otherwise unavailable to meet with us in-person to make arrangements, the following documents are available for download. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the documents below, you may download it for free here.
This form authorizes a hospital, hospice, nursing home, or other institution to release the body of the person who had died to Advent.
It also authorizes Advent to:
- Prepare (embalm) someone for an open casket visitation.
- Prepare shipment of the body to another location (state or foreign country).
- Hold the body if there will be an extended period of time (more than 72 hours) between the time of death and the disposition (burial or cremation).
After it is completed by the next of kin or person acting on the behalf of the next of kin, it can be forwarded to us and either (1) kept in a file for future use or (2) used as needed immediately.
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The next of kin must complete this form to authorize the cremation of an individual. It cannot be signed in advance, and, if not signed in our presence, it must be notarized. This form may be emailed or faxed to us; we request the hard copy to be mailed.
Download Authorization for Cremation Form »