Funeral Homes provided to Salt Lake City, UT.

Compassionate Funeral Home services for Salt Lake City, UT., and surrounding areas please use Wiscombe Memorial.

Utah is a state located in the Western United States. As of 2010, there are 243 incorporated municipalities in the U.S. state of Utah. A municipality is called a town if the population is under 1,000 people, and a city if the population is over 1,000 people. Incorporation means that a municipal charter has been adopted by the affected population following a referendum. In the Constitution of Utah, cities and towns are granted “the authority to exercise all powers relating to municipal affairs, and to adopt and enforce within its limits, local police, sanitary and similar regulations not in conflict with the general law.” They also have the power to raise and collect taxes, to provide and maintain local public services, acquire by eminent domain any property needed to make local improvements, and to raise money by bonds.

Salt Lake City (often shortened to Salt Lake and abbreviated as SLC) is the capital and the most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Utah. 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.

The funeral home of Wiscombe Memorial works closely with each family to create a tribute for the deceased that is dignified and personalized. Serving Salt Lake City, Utah for years, Wiscombe Memorial has been an enormous asset to their community and to the funeral industry. Through exceptional funeral, burial and cremation services, the funeral home of Wiscombe Memorial helps the families and friends of the departed honor them and begin the healing process. For more information on the valued services offered to the Salt Lake City, UT. communities, please go to the website

When You Meet with Wiscombe Memorial Funeral Directors

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 the family needs to make funeral arrangements now or wish to plan, they offer extensive information about traditional funeral services, cremation services, celebrations of life, and memorial services. The family can learn the differences between the many options to make an informed decision and what is best for their family. If the family has any questions or requires more information, don’t hesitate to contact Wiscombe Memorial at any time.

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

Without a doubt, this is a difficult time for 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 families in making all the necessary decisions. It’s good to know families are not alone.

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

Please don’t hesitate to ask someone to join. Chances are they will be honored at one’s request, and gladly step up to help the family during this time. When the family asks, be sure to tell them that if they do not feel comfortable doing so, it is understandable.

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


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 they have questions about the accepted kinship-related order of precedence or are unclear who responsible person for funeral planning is, call Wiscombe Memorial at (385) 528-1804.

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 the family’s life who fee. 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 them that the first step in caring for the 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 the family is not prepared with the necessary information, then most of the 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 the family:

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 families have questions about the legal documents they should bring with them, please contact the funeral home.

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