WHAT TO DO FIRST
Contact McCullough Funeral Home at (478) 953-1478 day or night.
When funeral arrangements must unexpectedly be made away from home, and family hearts are filled with mixed emotions, it is difficult to consider costs. Sometimes, without thinking, decisions are made in far away places that result in unnecessary expenses. To avoid the risk of this, the best practice is to contact us first and let us coordinate with a funeral home in the area where death has occurred. This will drastically reduce the risk of your family incurring unnecessary charges.
We take charge from then on and make all the arrangements for transporting the deceased to a local funeral home for embalming and preparation for return to Houston County. You only need contact us with some basic information and call us when you return home to set a time for an arrangement conference.
If a family member dies while traveling outside the United States, the U.S. Embassy will come to your assistance. You should call us immediately when a death occurs abroad. We are well versed in the procedures for returning the deceased to the United States.
Conversely, if you are traveling in the United States, or living here but will be buried outside the United States, we are familiar with procedures for coordinating the shipping of mortal remains internationally for burial elsewhere. There is a great deal of paperwork involved, and you must expect that this will be a more time consuming situation. It is not as simple as coordinating a flight to another state within the U.S. Please be prepared for this.
If you know that this will be the case, it is a good idea to consider pre-arranging your funeral plans to have some of the paperwork done ahead of time to eliminate some of the potential delays. There are costs involved with international shipping that can not be predicted ahead of time, but much of the paperwork can be begun which will be a tremendous benefit to your family when the need arises.