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Arrangement Conference


On your first meeting with us, we will discuss the arrangements for your loved one’s services. You will be shown a list of our services and merchandise, so you can decide what suits your family’s preferences and budget. You will be asked whether you’d prefer burial or cremation arrangements, make merchandise selections (casket, urn, vault, etc.) and schedule a time and date for the services, decide on the location of the service and burial, and draft an obituary.

We would also use this opportunity to learn about your loved one, so we may better assist you in celebrating his or her life. It will be extremely helpful if you can bring some memorabilia (photos, treasured items) that would give us a clearer picture on how you envision paying tribute to your loved one.

You may want to bring a photo for the obituary, clothing including undergarments (long-sleeves and a higher neckline are preferred; shoes are not necessary), Social Security card, his or her father's full name and mother's full maiden name, military discharge document for veteran's benefits (DD214), and/or life insurance information (if you prefer to use this as payment for our services).

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Only the finest quality merchandise


At Hartsell Funeral Home, we want to make arrangements simple for you. We offer a huge variety of merchandise, including caskets and urns, designed to meet your unique and personal needs. We're honored to assist you with options and answer any questions you may have. If you are looking for something in particular or have a special request, please let us know. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs.



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Death Certificate


A death certificate is a legal document indicating the cause of death, including other vital statistics pertaining to the deceased, signed by the attending physician. In case your loved one died due to an accident, a coroner or the county medical examiner may complete the death certificate.

The funeral director will collect information needed to complete the death certificate.  We will also assist you with obtaining the first certified copies of the death certificate from the Register of Deeds office in the county where the death occurred and determining how many certified copies to order.  These are currently $10.00 each in the state of North Carolina.

These certified copies are important when gaining access to bank accounts and safety deposit boxes, claiming for benefits due to the family (like the Veteran’s benefits or insurance claims), and transferring or selling ownership of properties.  

The funeral home will contact you as soon as we have the certified copies of the death certificate ready for you to pick up at our office.  This may take about one to two weeks, depending on how soon the doctor is able to sign, and the process times of the health department and register of deeds.



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