Things To Do Following a Funeral

  • Send thank you notes to people who assisted you, sent flowers, masses, food, or made charitable donations.
  • Contact your attorney to handle legal matters, such as probating an estate, if necessary. Make sure to discuss the scope of the attorney's work and his or her fees before authorizing their work. The attorney will need certified copies of the death certificate.
  • In Allegheny County, the probate process is handled at the Office of the Register of Wills, 1st Floor, City County Building, Pittsburgh, PA. 15219, Telephone: (412) 350-4180, 
  • Contact your lawyer, accountant and financial planner for tax, estate, and financial guidance.
  • Life insurance companies (They will need a certified copy of the death certificate, the completed application, and the original policy or certificate, if available). When mailing documents to the insurance company, you may want to send them by Certified Mail with a Return Receipt Requested.   If you are uncertain about life insurance being in force, the following organization may be of assistance. National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), 444 North Capitol Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001.
  • Contact the deceased's place of employment and/or union to see if there are death or pension benefits available.
  • Contact Social Security Administration, Suite 120, 650 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. Toll free telephone: 1-(800)-772-1213,Website: Boron Funeral Home, Inc. has already notified them of the death.
  • Contact Railroad Retirement Board (if applicable), Room 1511, 1000 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4101, Telephone:1-(877)-772-5772, Website: Boron Funeral Home, Inc. has already notified them of the death.
  • Contact Veterans Administration (if applicable), 1000 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, Telephone: 1-(800)-827-1000, Website: Boron Funeral Home, Inc. has already notified them of the death.
  • Veterans Life Insurance (if applicable) 5000 Wissahickon Avenue, PO Box 8079, Philadelphia, PA 19101, Toll-free telephone: 1-(800)-669-8477, Website:
  • Contact Allegheny County Department of Veterans Affairs (if applicable), 4141 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, Telephone: 412-621-4357, Website: Boron Funeral Home, Inc. has already notified them of the death.
  • If a Veterans Administration monument was used, send a copy of the paid receipt for the marker installation to the Allegheny County Department of Veterans Affairs for a partial allowance (See cover letter from the funeral home concerning this possible benefit).
  • Workers' Compensation Benefits, if applicable.
  • Notify your stock broker to change ownership of any stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. They will need certified copies of the death certificate.
  • Notify your bank. They will return any direct deposit checks from Social Security which the deceased may have received but not been entitled to receive. Change titles on any accounts (checking, savings, certificates of deposits, loans, notes, mortgages, safety deposit boxes, etc.) They will need certified copies of the death certificate.
  • Notify credit card companies and department store credit card companies.
  • Change ownership records on motor vehicles, mobile homes, boats, etc.  Automobile clubs, such as AAA, can be of assistance.  They will need a certified copy of the death certificate and may need to notarize the applications.  To transfer car title without going through probate, use Form MV-39 from PA Department of Transportation can be found at the following
  • Change ownership on real estate, as advised by your attorney and financial advisors.
  • Notify places of business where you may have outstanding loans or mortgages.
  • Civil Service Employees should contact the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Retirement Operations Center, P.O. Box 45, Boyers, PA 16017-0045, Telephone: 1-(888)-767-6738, Website:
  • Federal Employees should contact U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Retirement Operations Center, P.O. Box 200, Boyers, PA 16017-0200,Telephone: 1-(888)-767-6738, Website:
  • Professional and fraternal organizations, in which the deceased was a member, for possible benefits.
  • Change ownership on US Savings Bonds, forms are on line at, contact your bank.
  • If the deceased was named as beneficiary on any of your life insurance policies, contact the insurance company to change beneficiaries.
  • If there is any unclaimed assets, the Pennsylvania Treasury Department has a website to check,
  • Make arrangements for a cemetery marker or finalize any lettering to be done on an existing marker. Contact the original marker company or the cemetery or Boron Funeral Home, Inc. can give you names and telephone numbers of monument companies with which they have had experience.
  • Update your will or have a will written.
  • Consider your personal situation, such as insurance needs, long-term health care insurance, etc.
  • Consider making prearrangements for your own funeral with Boron Funeral Home, Inc. to ease the burden on your surviving family.
  • Reporting a Death to a Social Media Site
    Below is information to report a death to several of the most popular social media sites.
    Facebook: Go to; Click on “Mange Your Account” on the left side of the page; Click “Memorialized Accounts”; A death certificate or other proof of death is required; Proof of authority like a Birth Certificate, Power of Attorney or Last Will and Testament; Submit information using online form.
    Google and YouTube: Go to; Click on “Close the account of a deceased user”; Fill in your information and decedent’s information; You will have to scan your Driver’s License or government-issued ID; Scan the decedent’s death certificate; Submit.
    Twitter: Go to; Click on “Use this Form” and select “I want to request the deactivation of a deceased or incapacitated user’s account”; Fill out the Report Form and submit it to Twitter; Twitter will contact you once they review the report.
    LinkedIn: Go to; Fill out form with information about yourself and decedent; add link to the obituary or news article on the death; Submit the report.
    Instagram: Go to; Choose if you want to delete or memorialize the account; Provide the decedent’s birth certificate, death certificate, and information showing you as the executor or administrator to the decedent’s estate; Complete the online form and submit.
         Source: NYSFDA Directions, May 2017

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