After the Funeral

Holding a funeral or memorial service for your loved one is a positive first step in the grieving process. Family members and friends get a chance to say their goodbyes and, at the same time, they get to share strong feelings with one another.

In the days, weeks, and months following the service, people continue to need others to lean on for understanding, encouragement, and guidance. For that reason, many local and national support groups have formed. These groups provide a common place and a comforting environment for expressing emotions through each phase of the grieving process. To learn more, click on the links below or discuss grief counseling and support options with your funeral director.


At McComas Family Funeral Homes, our caring does not stop after the funeral of your loved one. McComas Family Funeral Homes continues to provide support for you and your family through its Grief Share Program and our annual memorial service.





Carol Pacione
Carol Pacione

A Harford County native, Carol graduated from Bel Air High School and received a BA and MS in psychology from Loyola University Maryland. For thirty years, Carol worked in pastoral ministries at the Archdiocese of Baltimore and a number of Catholic parishes. She retired in 2016 from St. Pius X Church after serving for 13 years as the Pastoral Life Director. She and her late husband, Mark raised one daughter, Elizabeth. Her two grandchildren, Eliott and Lydia are the delights of her life. Carol enjoys spending time with extended family and friends, gardening, reading, and flower arranging. The work and mission of the Mark D. Pacione Foundation is also an important focus of her time and energy. Carol is one of the aftercare coordinators at McComas and is also a Certified Funeral Celebrant.



At McComas Family Funeral Homes, we believe that after the services are concluded and the friends have gone, the need for support is still there, and so are we.


McComas Family Funeral Homes has an active aftercare program.


In about one week from the date of services, an aftercare coordinator will be contacting the arranging member of your family to offer to meet in person or by phone to review some of the following helpful information:

  1. Provide a complete checklist of things to do after the funeral service.
  2. Contact information and a list of documentation that social security may require.
  3. Contact information and a list of documentation that the Veterans Department may require.
  4. Legal and financial information gathering all financial and credit obligations. Canceling all credit cards and notifying all financial institutions and inform them of a death and inquire if the loan was covered with a credit life policy.
  5. Information on taking steps for the probating of a will.
  6. Dealing with grief, defining and understanding the three stages of grief.
  7. Taking steps toward recovery: We provide an extensive list on how to work towards the recovery of grief.
  8. Bereavement Assistance: We provide an extensive list of Bereavement Assistance Organizations in the Baltimore area as well as a list of local Harford County Bereavement Groups.
  9. Healing thoughts for the newly widowed. Specific information for newly widowed spouses that will give them direction and understanding of their personal feelings.
  10. Address loved ones questions and fulfill their needs.
  11. Address concerns loved ones may have with their families' visitation and services

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