Immediate Need

We are so sorry for your loss. Please call the Cleveland Jewish Funerals Director who is available 24/7 to assist you at this difficult time. We are at your service to walk you through all the required steps.

Call (216) 340-1400.

Cleveland Jewish Funerals will provide all the support and guidance you need during this difficult time. Throughout this process, we help families create a service that is meaningful as well as affordable. Whether you have an immediate need or an imminent need, we want to make sure that your needs are met. You have many options available to you. No matter how you choose to honor and remember your loved one, we will help guide you through the process and answer all of your questions.

When a Death Occurs

When a death occurs, there are so many things to consider and decisions to make. These lists can help you navigate through them.

Notify these people as soon as possible:
  • The funeral home to arrange for the transfer of the deceased (usually this can be done within 1-2 hours although it may take longer to obtain a release from the hospital) and set an appointment with you to make further arrangements.
  • Relatives, executor/executrix, and friends.
  • Employers (the employer of the deceased and relatives who will need time off).
  • Insurance agents (life, health, and accident).
  • Religious, fraternal, civic and veterans’ organizations, and unions, if applicable.
  • Lawyer and accountant.
Secure the vital statistics of deceased:
  • Full legal name – other names must be identified by “Also Known As” (AKA).
  • Home address and telephone number.
  • Name of business or employer’s name, address, and telephone number.
  • Industry and occupation.
  • Military service serial number.
  • Date and place of birth.
  • Citizenship.
  • Father’s name and birthplace.
  • Mother’s name, maiden name, and birthplace.
  • Locate the will.
Meet With Funeral Home

Decide within a few hours:

  • Shomer services
  • Chevra Kadisha
  • Clothing that the deceased will be buried in
  • The funeral director will ask if you have made any arrangements with a cemetery. If you have not done this, you will need to visit the cemetery.
  • Would you like a service at the Synagogue or Graveside? Would you like a reception to follow?
  • Whether a rabbi will be engaged for the service.
  • Pallbearers
  • Casket selection
  • If you would like a charity to receive donations
    Collect documents:

    (Required to establish rights for insurance, pensions, survivor benefits, ownership, etc.)

    • Will
    • Legal proof of age or birth certificate
    • Social Security card
    • Marriage license
    • Citizenship papers
    • Insurance policies
    • Bank books
    • Deeds
    • Car ownership papers
    • Income tax returns, receipts, or canceled checks
    • Military discharge papers
    Transporting the Deceased to Another Country for Burial

    We have extensive experience shipping loved ones to other countries for burial. If you require international transportation, please advise us as soon as the death has occurred so we can begin making arrangements with the  appropriate authorities. Please be advised that complying with the requirements of other jurisdictions takes time – a minimum of one week, often longer

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    Cleveland Jewish Funerals License# FH.003781
    26801 Miles Road
    Cleveland, OH 44128
    (216) 340-1400
    Conveniently located on Miles Road on the border of Orange Village and Solon.

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    Deanna Clingerman


    Deanna Clingerman, MSSA, LSW is an aspiring funeral director/embalmer with a lifelong interest in funeral service. She holds degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Youngstown State University and Masters of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. After a rewarding career in Social Work, she attended Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science to realize her dream of becoming an embalmer and funeral director. She has worked in the Akron-Canton area for most of her funeral service career. She is the location manager and a funeral director for Cleveland Jewish Funerals.