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W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home
244 North Main Street
Branford, CT 06405
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What to Do when Death Occurs

When a death occurs in your family, you will be faced with important tasks and decision-making during a very difficult time. You may not know what to do or when to begin making arrangements. Bearing the responsibility can be overwhelming. Remember that you are not alone. W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist you with the details and offer our guidance. We have compiled the following list to help guide you through the steps you will need to take when a death has occurred. Your funeral director will help coordinate all of the details when you meet for an arrangement conference.

  1. After a death has occurred, notify W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home by calling 203-488-3414. The following are some questions that we may ask when you call:
    • What is the full name of the deceased?
    • What is the location of the deceased (Hospital, Nursing Facility or Residence)?
    • What is your name, address and telephone number?
    • What is the name, address and phone number of the next-of-kin?
    • Is there a pre-arranged funeral plan? (If yes, what is the plan name or number?)

    We will then set an appointment time for you to come to the funeral home to complete the details of the funeral arrangement. We will ask you to bring in some items and information that will be necessary to complete the arrangement. These items will include:

    • Clothing for the deceased
    • Social security number of the deceased
    • The deceased's birth date and city and state of birth
    • The deceased's parents names, including mother's maiden name
    • Information about the deceased's education
    • Marital status of the deceased
    • Veteran's discharge papers or Claim Number
    • A recent photograph of the deceased
    • Pre-arrangement paperwork (if applicable)
    • Cemetery lot information (if applicable)
  2. Contact your clergy. Decide on a time and place for the funeral or memorial service (the services may be held at the funeral home)
  3. The funeral home will assist you in determining the number of copies of the death certificates that you will need and will order them for you
  4. Make a list of family, friends and business colleagues, and notify each by phone. You may wish to use a "branching" system: make a few phone calls to other relatives or friends and ask each of them to make a phone call or two to specific people
  5. Decide on an appropriate charity to which gifts may be made (church, hospice, library, organization, school)
  6. Gather obituary information, including a photo, age, place of birth, cause of death, occupation, college degrees, memberships held, military service, outstanding work and a list of survivors in the immediate family. Include the time and place of the funeral services. The funeral home will usually write the obituary and submit it to the newspaper(s)
  7. Arrange for family members and/or close friends to take turns answering the door or phone. Keeping a careful record of visitors and flower deliveries will make it easier to thank people later on
  8. If Social Security checks are deposited automatically, notify the bank of the death
  9. Coordinate the food supply in your home for the next several days
  10. Delegate special needs of the household, such as cleaning, food preparation, etc., to friends and family who offer their help
  11. Arrange for child care, if necessary
  12. Arrange hospitality for visiting relatives and friends
  13. Select pallbearers and notify the funeral home. (People with heart or back difficulties may be named honorary pallbearers)
  14. Plan for the disposition of flowers after the funeral (to a church, hospital or rest home)
  15. Prepare a list of distant friends and relatives to be notified by letter and/or printed notice
  16. Prepare a list of people to receive acknowledgments of flowers, calls, etc. Send appropriate acknowledgments, which may be a written note, printed acknowledgments, or both. Include "thank yous" to those who have given their time, as well
  17. Notify insurance companies of the death
  18. Locate the will and notify the lawyer and executor
  19. Carefully check all life and casualty insurance and death benefits, including Social Security, credit union, trade union, fraternal, and military. Check on possible income for survivors from these sources
  20. Check promptly on all debts and installment payments, including credit cards. Some may carry insurance clauses that will cancel them. If there is to be a delay in meeting payments, consult with creditors and ask for more time before the payments are due
  21. If the deceased was living alone, notify the utility companies and landlord and tell the post office where to send the mail
  22. Your Funeral Director will prepare the necessary Social Security forms.


Funeral Services

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A funeral represents a purposeful opportunity to reflect on the meaning of a life that has been lived and to determine the impact of that meaning for the family and friends. There is no single proper funeral service. It is a time for human sharing in its deepest sense. You and the ones you love are at the very center of the process, and the choices you make will determine its significance for you. As you participate in the planning of the funeral service, you help create a meaningful experience for everyone.

It is the goal of W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home to help people complete the relationship with the one who has died and to provide a climate that encourages each person to give and receive emotional support. During the funeral service, family and friends have the opportunity to relate to each other at the deepest levels and find mutual strength.

Complete Funeral Service

Traditionally, the funeral will be a Complete Funeral Service. This includes a family or public viewing of the deceased. Following this will be a service, typically in the church or at the funeral home. This would be followed by the earth or above ground burial of the casketed remains. Caskets selected may cost from several hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars depending on the material the casket is constructed of. Many cemeteries require that a minimum grave liner be used to encase the casket when earth buried. These minimum liners are constructed of concrete and are designed to hold the weight of the earth, maintaining the cemetery property. A sealed vault may also be used. The vaults are also constructed of concrete and are designed to not only protect the gravesite, but are manufactured with inner liners that not only restrict the entrance of graveside elements (water and earth) but increase the strength of the vault.

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Graveside Service

The Graveside Service can be another selection. This many times would follow a time of visitation at the funeral home. The casketed remains would then be transferred to the cemetery where a graveside ceremony could take place followed by the burial.

Complete Cremation Service

The Complete Cremation Service is another type of selected offering. This service will be just like a Complete Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated) or even a rental casket may be used. Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. Urns can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.

Immediate Cremation Service

The Immediate Cremation Service can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other location. A Memorial Service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation that you are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after the death then embalming will not be necessary. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours) then embalming would be encouraged. State laws vary as to when embalming becomes required. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony is also a key ingredient to a healthy recovery of a loss due to a death.

Personalized Services

At W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, we encourage families to create very personalized services. It is important to acknowledge that life that has been lived and to offer to the community a way in which to celebrate that life. By offering services and memorialization features that are personal and special, a unique life can be remembered and honored in an individualized way that is comforting to the family and friends.

 How Your Funeral Director Can Serve You

When a death occurs, your primary responsibility is to yourself and the ones you love. There are a number of things that require attention simultaneously. Regardless of the day or hour, W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home is always prepared to respond to your needs quickly and competently. The funeral director's main function is to assist you with the necessary details of the funeral process. Among the services funeral directors provide are:

For more information about our Professional Services, please contact us by e-mail or call at 203-488-3414. We're here to help.



Cremation Services

Overview of Cremation

The number of people choosing cremation has increased significantly in the past few years, yet cremation carries a long tradition and remains largely unchanged.

Cremation simply expedites the process of reducing a body to bone fragments through application of intense heat.

What is done before or after the cremation is up to the survivors, or up to you. You can relieve the burden of these decisions by pre-planning your arrangements in advance of need so that your wishes will be honored.

Contrary to what some people believe, Cremation does not limit choices, but, in fact, increases one's options. It is a process which is performed in a respectful and dignified manner and can be memorialized in many ways.

Cremation and Funerals

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Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor does it require a funeral service. Traditional or contemporary services are often planned before or after the cremation process. A funeral service followed by cremation may be exactly the same as a funeral service followed by ground burial. They can be elaborate or simple and traditional or nontraditional. Arrangements and ceremonies tend to be as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made.They may be personalized specifically to reflect the life of the deceased, and thus have a special meaning. W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home is able to assist in any and all of your Funeral Service needs. To obtain more information on funeral services click here or call 203-488-3414.

The Complete Cremation Service will be just like a Complete Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated) or the use of a rental casket. Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. Urns can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.

The Immediate Cremation Service can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other location. A Memorial Service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation that you are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after the death then embalming will not be necessary. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours) then embalming would be encouraged. If the viewing could not be done within 48 hours then embalming may be required. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony is also a key ingredient to a healthy recovery of a loss due to a death.

A Direct Cremation refers to a cremation being provided, while limiting funeral services to the removal and transportation of the deceased into our care.

Importance of Memorialization

Memorialization provides a permanent, secure place for cremated remains to be placed, and for family members and descendants to honor the lives of the deceased.

Cremation allows families many choices for memorializing a loved one. Some families choose to keep the cremated remains with them at home, or to scatter the remains over land or water. W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home allows the following memorialization options, among others, for cremated remains:

 Memorialization Options for Cremation

Outdoor Niches – The cremated remains of your loved ones may be safely held in one of our many above ground columbarium niches.

Scattering – Your loved one's remains may be scattered freely within a dedicated, natural environment. There are also certain services which offer scattering among the sea or the stars.

Traditional Burial – In ground burial on a family plot – Urns may be buried at the head or foot of a grave site.

Personalized Memorialization – Inscribe your family member's name and a special saying on a tree plaque, park bench or other special memorial. We also have custom, unique urns and keepsakes, perfect for displaying inside your home. For an overview of these items, please visit our Merchandise pages, or contact us directly and we will help you with your needs.



About Us

W.S. Clancy was established in 1900 by William S. Clancy, great-grandfather to Jeffrey S. and John P. Klarman, who now operate the firm. It has been operated by members of the Clancy family since its inception. W.S. Clancy, or "Will" as he was known, was joined in the family business by two of his sons- Frank and Stuart Clancy- and one of his daughters- Rosalind "Posey" Klarman. After Will's death in 1945, Frank, Stu and Posey continued the operation of the family business. Frank's son William H. "Bill" Clancy joined the firm after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. 

In addition to operating the funeral home, Frank was a two-time mayor of the neighboring town of East Haven, and Stu, who had played professional football for the New York Giants, was on the coaching staff at Yale University. After Stu's death in 1965 and Frank's retirement, Bill and Posey operated the business. Bill left in 1977 and Posey continued the firm with the help of her sons Stuart and David. She was joined by her grandson Jeffrey S. Klarman, who joined the firm in 1981. Posey retired in 1984, and Jeff was joined by his brother John who joined the firm in 1988.

Together today, Jeff and John continue to operate the family business. W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home is one of the oldest family run businesses in Branford.



Staff Directory

Jeffrey S. Klarman
Jeffrey S. Klarman
President

jsk@wsclancy.com
Jeffrey S. Klarman, President- Jeff Klarman is the president of W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. He has been a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer since 1982, and has been working at the funeral home since 1976. A graduate of Branford High School, Class of 1979, and New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1981, and has been with the funeral home on a full time basis since then. He is married to Alexandria "Lexie" Klarman, and they have three children, Andrew, Kimberly and Erica.
He has been active in the community with the Knights of Columbus, Eldorado Council 10, the Branford Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Branford, has coached many youth sports teams. Professionally he is a member of the Greater New Haven Funeral Directors Association, the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association, where he served as President in 1993, the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Order of the Golden Rule.
John P. Klarman
John P. Klarman
Vice-President

jpk@wsclancy.com
John P. Klarman, Vice-President- John Klarman is the vice-president of W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. He has been a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer since 1989, ans has been working at the funeral home since 1984. A graduate of Branford High School, Class of 1986, and New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1988, he has been with the funeral home full time since then. He is married to Leslie Klarman and they have a daughter Molly. John is a member of the Greater New Haven Funeral Directors Association, the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association and the Order of the Golden Rule.
Alexandria Klarman
Alexandria "Lexie" Klarman
Office Manager
Alexandria "Lexie" Klarman - Lexie Klarman is the office manager of W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home. She has been with the funeral home since 2005. She is active with the Girl Scouts, the Branford Gridiron Club, and was the Chairman of H.O.P.E. (Helping Other Parents Endure), a support group run by parents that have lost children through stillborn, miscarriage or early infant deaths, for many years.
Kristine Klarman
Kristine Klarman
Administrative Assistant
Kristine Klarman - Kris is an administrative assistant with W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home. She is the sister to Jeff and John, and she has been with the funeral home since 2005. Kris is active with the Branford Community Dining Room, and is a catechism teacher for St. Mary Church for many years. Kris is an avid runner, having completed the Boston Marathon, New York Marathon, U. S. M. C. Marathon among others. She also competes with the Unified Sports Team in Connecticut.


Welcome to the W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home Mobile Website.

We have created this site to help you access information while on your mobile device.

Please call 203-488-3414 or email us, we are available 24 hours per day 7 days a week.

Thank you