Funeral Home Services, Salt Lake City, UT.


Funeral Homes and Cremation Services in Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City History - (often shortened to Salt Lake and abbreviated as SLC) is the capital and the most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Utah. With an estimated population of 190,884 in 2014, the city is the core of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which has a population of 1,153,340 (2014 estimate). Salt Lake City is further situated within a larger metropolis known as the Salt Lake City–Ogden–Provo Combined Statistical Area. This region is a corridor of contiguous urban and suburban development stretched along an approximately 120-mile (190 km) segment of the Wasatch Front, comprising a population of 2,423,912 as of 2014.  It is one of only two major urban areas in the Great Basin (the other is Reno, Nevada).

The world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) is located in Salt Lake City and the city's street grid system is based on the temple constructed by the Church at its center. The city was originally founded in 1847 by Brigham Young, and other followers of the Church, who were seeking to escape religious persecution in the mid-western United States. These Mormon pioneers, as they would come to be known, at first encountered an arid, inhospitable valley that they then extensively irrigated and cultivated, thereby establishing the foundation to sustain the area's large population of today.

Due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake, the city was originally named "Great Salt Lake City"; however, the word "great" was dropped from the official name in 1868 by the 17th Utah Territorial Legislature.

Immigration of international LDS members, mining booms, and the construction of the first transcontinental railroad initially brought economic growth, and the city was nicknamed the Crossroads of the West. It was traversed by the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway, in 1913, and presently two major cross-country freeways, I-15 and I-80, intersect in the city. Salt Lake City has since developed a strong outdoor recreation tourist industry based primarily on skiing, and hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. It is the industrial banking center of the United States.

When You Meet with a Shawn Wiscombe, Funeral Director

Wiscombe Memorial has been servicing the residents of Salt Lake City Utah providing practical information and valuable advice for important end of life matters. Whether you need to make funeral arrangements now or wish to plan, we offer extensive information about traditional funeral services, cremation services, celebrations of life, and memorial services. You can learn the differences between the many options to make an informed decision and what is best for your family. If you have any questions or require more information, don't hesitate to contact us at any time.

Chances are, within the first 24 hours of your loved one’s death, you will need to meet with a funeral director to begin funeral arrangements. The following information will help you prepare for what is often called “the arrangement conference.”

Without a doubt, this is a difficult time for you and your loved ones. Yet, it’s comforting to know every member of the Wiscombe Memorial staff will be there to do their utmost to make this difficult time a little bit easier. Shawn Wiscombe, our Funeral Director will guide you in making all the necessary decisions. It’s good to know you are not alone.

Perhaps you’d like another member of the family to come along with you. Or maybe you’d rather have a friend, or close neighbor join you in the first visit to the funeral home. While it’s not necessary to bring someone with you for moral support, it can be very beneficial.

Please don’t hesitate to ask someone to join you. Chances are they will be honored at your request, and gladly step up to help you during this time. When you ask, be sure to tell them that if they do not feel comfortable doing so, you’ll understand.

Who is Responsible for Making Funeral Decisions?

It’s important to know exactly who is legally responsible for making the funeral arrangement decisions for a loved one. If the deceased has not expressed their wishes through a written document such as a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, or a Last Will and Testament, where the deceased has designated an agent to fulfill their wishes; then the chain of command is commonly as follows:

  • Legal Spouse/Partner

  • Surviving Adult Child/Children

  • Surviving Parent

  • Surviving Adult Sibling

  • Ex-Spouse

  • Parent of Minor Child

The person designated as the responsible party, whoever they may be, needs to be present to make decisions, and sign documents. If you have questions about the accepted kinship-related order of precedence or are unclear who responsible person for funeral planning is, call us at (385) 528-1804.

Should Someone Else be Included in Making the Arrangements?

While assigning responsibility is an important part of funeral planning, it’s also very important to include any children, friends, or other family who would like to be a part of arranging the funeral. Even though they may not have any legal decision-making rights, their input could be very valuable to the process.

Assisting in making the final funeral arrangement decisions can be very empowering and help someone come to terms with the loss. If there are people in your life who you feel should be asked to participate, make sure you ask them. They can always decline.

Have You Gathered the Necessary Documents?

 When a loved one dies, it is not just an emotional matter for those left behind; it is a legal one which requires the timely completion of paperwork. Our Funeral Director, Shawn Wiscombe will tell you that the first step in caring for your loved one involves completing, and filing, the Death Certificate and Burial or Cremation permit.

These documents need to be completed as accurately as possible and if you are not prepared with the necessary information, then most of your initial meeting will be spent retrieving this information.

  • To assist the funeral home in preparing all the necessary documents, it’s helpful to bring some of the following things with you:

  • Deceased's Birth Certificate, or if this is not available, parent’s names including mother’s maiden name,

  • Social Security Number,

  • Deceased's Military Discharge papers,

  • Deceased's Funeral pre-arrangements documents, (if available)

  • Cemetery Information if Available,

  • Deceased Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care,

  • Last Will and Testament and any Codicils,

  • Revocable Living Trust

If you’ve got questions about the legal documents you should bring with you, please contact us.