The Brentwood Funeral Chapels supply obituary information to the Memphis daily newspaper, The Commercial Appeal. Your funeral director can assist you in completing this form. To see The Commercial Appeal online obituary page, click here.
We can also assist you with placing obituaries in additional papers.
Our funeral homes are responsible for originating and completing local death certificates. The physician or medical examiner is responsible for stating the cause of death and signing the certificate. Once we receive the completed certificate, it is then delivered to the Department of Health. To get certified copies of death certificates, the family of the deceased must contact the state and county where the death occurred.
Mail your request to the office at the address shown below. For all requests for death records, please include a photocopy of a government issued form of identification, which includes the requestor's signature. Certificates requested through the mail are usually returned to the customer within four to six weeks of the day received. The certificate of a recent death is often not available from the Office of Vital Records until several weeks after the event. The cost is $7.00 per certified copy.You will need to provide the following:
For fees, detailed instructions and to download an official application for certified copies of death certificates, click here.Mailing address:
Social Security should be notified as soon as possible after the loss of a loved one. You may be entitled to certain allowances, including a one-time payment of $255 if you are the surviving spouse and were living with the beneficiary at the time of death. Or, if living apart, you were eligible for Social Security benefits on the beneficiary's earnings record for the month of death. Certain family members may also qualify for monthly benefits. Learn more by calling 1-800-772-1213. You will need the Social Security number of the deceased to confirm your eligibility. To find out more from Social Security Online, click here.
It is possible that you may be entitled to burial allowances provided by the U.S. Veterans Administration. If these allowances were not assigned to the funeral home at the time funeral and financial arrangements were completed, please contact the following agency to confirm eligibility or file a claim:In Tennessee:
For detailed information about burial benefits and eligibility requirements, click here.
You may also call 1-800-827-1000 to speak with a Veterans' Benefits Counselor about your eligibility.
For information on burial and survivor benefits for retired railroad employees from Tennessee, contact the local RRB office:U.S. Railroad Retirement Board