When Death Occurs

What Do I do?

At Home Or Work

If death occurs unexpectedly and your loved one was not under hospice care, the police must be notified by calling 911. The emergency services and the police will pronounce the death and provide you with the necessary paperwork to release the body to the funeral home.


If in any case, you are not sure of who to notify or what to do, you may call (650) 755-4700, and we’ll:

  • assist you in notifying the proper agencies;
  • assist you to find a Rabbi to conduct the funeral and burial;
  • make necessary burial arrangements if you haven’t bought a gravesite;

While In A Hospital Or Nursing Home

When a death occurs in a care facility, such as a hospital or nursing home, the professional staff will notify you and the necessary authorities. If the name of the funeral home has been left with them, the institution will notify the funeral home at the time of the death.

While Under Hospice Care

If a loved one was in the care of a hospice program, you should contact the hospice nurse first. It is always a good idea for the family to contact the funeral home immediately so that they will be aware of the pending call from hospice.

At the Funeral Home

One of the first things the Funeral Director will do is to provide you with a general price list. He or she will then guide you through the entire arrangement process, explaining how you can create a memorable celebration of your loved one’s life. This is not a one-way conversation; they want to hear your ideas and desires, and use them as the foundation for the arrangement process.


This process may include:

  • Preparing and filing the official death certificate
  • Scheduling the clergy and the location of the service
  • Selecting a casket, urn or other items
  • Preparing an obituary notice
  • Scheduling for the Tahara (ritual washing) and/or a Shomer
  • Selecting pallbearers
  • Working with the cemetery to set the date and time of the burial.

At the Cemetery

We are committed to providing you with respectful, compassionate and dignified service in your time of need.


When you experience the loss of a loved one, you can trust us to guide you through the necessary funeral arrangements. Our knowledge of the suitability of cemetery inventory to meeting your needs, and our knowledge of Jewish customs and practices, will guide you to making arrangements that meet your needs.


Our cemeteries offer a full-range of burial options:

  • Traditional Jewish in-ground burial in individual plots, private family estates or a private family mausoleum
  • Interment in an indoor or outdoor mausoleum in standard crypts, couch crypts or in private family rooms
  • Cremated remains can be interred in an urn garden or in indoor or outdoor niches


Our professional staff is available at your convenience to assist with you at-need planning. Please call the cemetery office at 650.755.4700 to schedule an appointment to meet with us.

Useful contacts when death occurs :

Jewish Cemeteries of San Francisco – Phone (650) 755-4700

San Francisco Tax Information – https://sftreasurer.org/

San Francisco County Veterans Services – https://www.sfhsa.org/services/access-empowerment/county-veterans-service-office-cvso

Social Security Office – San Francisco Region – https://www.ssa.gov/sf/

San Francisco Death Certificate Copies – https://sf.gov/get-san-francisco-death-certificate