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Social Security

After the loss of a loved one, you will probably have a lot of questions about Social Security benefits. The information below may answer some of your questions or there is a link direct to Social Security. We at Prout Funeral Home will file a statement of death with the Social Security Administration on your family’s behalf. We will not need a certified copy of the death certificate for this filing.

Find more information on how to apply here.

(800) 772-1213

Local Offices

Social Security Administration

935 Allwood Road

Clifton, NJ 07012-1997


Social Security Administration

2200 State Highway 10, Second Floor

Parsippany, NJ 07054

Who may receive monthly benefits:

  • A widow or widower age 60 or older (50 if disabled), or at any age if caring for an entitled child who is under 16 or disabled
  • A divorced widow or widower age 60 or older (50 if disabled) if the marriage lasted 10 years, or if caring for an entitled child who is under 16 or disabled
  • Unmarried children up to 18 (19 if they are attending a primary or secondary school full- time)
  • Children who were disabled before reaching 22, as long as they remained disabled
  • Dependent parent or parents 62 or older

Lump-Sum Death Payment

A one time payment of $255 is paid in addition to the monthly cash benefits described above. The lump-sum death payment (LSDP) is paid in the following priority order:

  • A surviving spouse who lived in the same household as the deceased person at the time of death
  • A surviving spouse eligible for or entitled to benefits for the month of death
  • A child or children eligible for or entitled to benefits for the month of death

Applying for Benefits

You must apply in order to receive benefits.You may also apply at any Social Security office or, if you wish, you may apply by telephone or online at Just dial the toll-free number 1-800-772-1213 and the operator will schedule an appointment for you or arrange for the local Social Security office to take your claim by telephone.

Contact Social Security

You may contact Social Security toll-free, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The number to use is 1-800-772-1213. You may visit the Social Security website at To speak with a representative, call between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm on regular business days. At other times and on weekends and holidays, you may leave a message and they will call you back, in most cases, the next business day.
You may use the toll-free number to make an appointment either in a Social Security office or telephone to apply for benefits, transact other Social Security business, or just ask questions.


Hillcrest Farms

377 Bloomfield Avenue

Verona, NJ 07044

(973) 239-0809


Bartlett’s Greenhouses & Florist

814 Grove Street

Clifton, NJ 07013

(973) 471-6480


Caldwell’s Floral Elegance

7 Smull Avenue

Caldwell, NJ 07006

(973) 228-4239


Clore’s Flowers & Gifts

590 Valley Road

Montclair, NJ 07043

(973) 744-2291


Ladyslipper Posy

555 Passaic Avenue

West Caldwell, NJ 07006

(856) 823-3201


Louisa Amabile Testa, Floral Designer

(973) 464-4851


Rain Florist

486 Pompton Avenue, Suite A

Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

(973) 857-7200


Anderson Flowers

283 Bloomfield Avenue

Verona, NJ 07044

(973) 746-6411


Caldwell Flowerland

329 Bloomfield Avenue

Caldwell, NJ 07006

(973) 226-1309


Metropolitan Plant & Flower Exchange

471 Mt. Pleasant Avenue

West Orange, NJ 07052

(973) 736-0049

Tesla Charging Station

We have a Destination Charger for guests attending wakes or funerals. Please call ahead to reserve space (973) 239-2060.

Hospice Resources

Villa Marie Claire
12 W Saddle River Road
Saddle River, NJ 07458
(201) 783-8870

VITAS Hospice of New Jersey
Saint Joseph’s Wayne Hospital
224 Hamburg Turnpike
Wayne, NJ 07470
(888) 491-2368

Center for Hope Hospice

Scotch Plains & Elizabeth, NJ

(908) 889-7780

VNA Hospice
St. Clare’s Dover Hospital
400 West Blackwell Street
Dover, NJ 07801
(973) 328-6933


In-Home Services

Atlantic Hospice
465 South Street, Suite 100B
Morristown, NJ 07960
(973) 379-8440

Compassionate Care – Parsippany (Office)
140 Littleton Road, Suite 200
Parsippany, NJ 07054
(973) 402-4714

Hospice of New Jersey – Bloomfield
400 Broadacres Drive
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
(973) 893-0818

St. Barnabas Hospice & Palliative Care
95 Old Short Hills Road
West Orange, NJ 07052
(888) 724-7123

Grace Healthcare Services
105 Fieldcrest Ave, Suite 402
Edison, NJ 08037
(866) 447-0246


Wilshire Grand Hotel
350 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 731-7007

Residence Inn by Marriott at the Manor
107 Prospect Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 669-4700

Marriott Courtyard – West Orange
8 Rooney Circle
West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 669-4725

The Crowne Plaza Fairfield
690 US Highway 46 East
Fairfield, NJ 07004
(973) 227-9200

Appointing a Funeral Representative

Often, individuals find themselves in situations where they have either out lived all of their relatives, are estranged from living family members, or are sure that those relatives remaining will not abide by their final wishes. Since these individuals are not able to authorize their own cremation or ground burial, what are they able to do?

In New Jersey, individuals have the right to appoint a funeral agent. Once named, these “agents” have the supreme right to arrange for the disposition of an individual’s remains. The funeral agent’s right to control supersedes the rights of all others, including spouses, civil union and domestic partners, children, parents and siblings. (Those traditionally within the right to control hierarchy.)

The executor is not automatically the funeral agent.

Appointing a Funeral Agent / Funeral Representative

The funeral agent option is the legal way for you to appoint a specific person to arrange your funeral and sign the necessary authorizations and paperwork. Again, the executor is not automatically the funeral agent.

To appoint a valid funeral agent, it must be done in a Will or Codicil. Appointments made any other way are not acceptable. Those interested in appointing a funeral agent need to visit an attorney and inform them that they wish to designate an individual as a funeral agent according to N.J.S.A. 45:27-22.

The attorney will either draw up a Will or amend the existing Will to include language similar to this:

Appointment of Funeral and Disposition Representative
“I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint [insert name] to serve as my Funeral and Disposition Representative, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:27-22. My Representative shall have the authority and power to control the arrangements for my funeral and the disposition of my remains. My Executor shall notify my Representative of this appointment, and shall advise my Representative of the financial means available to carry out the Funeral and Disposition arrangements. In the event [insert name] should predecease me or for some other reason not qualify to serve as my Funeral and Disposition Representative, then I nominate, constitute and appoint [insert name of alternate] as my Funeral and Disposition Representative.”


Who can be a funeral agent?

Executors of estates, friends, clergy members, social workers, specific relatives or others can be named as funeral agents. Funeral directors should NEVER be named funeral agents. If a funeral director is unknowingly designated as a funeral agent, they should waive their rights in writing, and pass them on to another individual.

If you were designated a funeral agent, you are in charge of making the funeral arrangements using money set aside for this purpose in the Will of the deceased. Following death but prior to probate, the executor of the Will must inform you of your appointment as funeral agent and let you know how much money is available for funeral expenses.

If you do not want this responsibility you may appoint someone else to arrange the funeral on your behalf or you may waive your right entirely. If you waive your right, the control of the funeral passes to other individuals in the order outlined in the right to control hierarchy.

Who needs a funeral agent?

Individuals who might consider designating a funeral agent, include persons:

  • Who think their relatives will not honor their funeral wishes or prearrangements.
  • Who are estranged from relatives.
  • Who do not know where the living relatives are located.
  • Who do not have any relatives living.

You can print the Funeral Agent information here.

Social Media Etiquette

Timeless Etiquette for all Age Groups in this Digital Age

The loss of a loved one is a difficult time when emotions can run high. It’s important to treat the bereaved family with respect, including honoring their right to privacy. Your ‘need’ to share information is subservient to the family right to notify people as they see fit. In an age where mass communication can take place with a simple click on social media, it’s important to remember these points before sharing about a death publicly:

You may also want to review information found in our Digital Afterlife Guide.



For your convenience, we have compiled here the forms you will need to fill out to plan your services. To save time, you can print these out and complete them in the comfort of your own home. Then, simply bring them to us when you come to meet with a funeral director.

Downloadable PDF’s

Probate Information

Probating a Will in New Jersey

We recommend consulting an attorney when it comes to unraveling legal matters following a death. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of links for information on probating wills in each New Jersey county.