Welcome to the Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center Mobile Website.

Centrally located in Bay City, Michigan, our one-level modern facility includes intimate and personal chapels, family lounge, WiFi, the Hall of Meditation, and other amenities to serve you and your family.

Please call 989-893-6583 or email us, we are available 24 hours per day 7 days a week.

Why Choose Trahan?

Service and Experience

Still owned and managed by the same Trahan family since our inception in 1935, we understand that death is difficult and each situation is unique. Our sincere, knowledgeable staff with years of experience is progressive and knows how to listen which makes us the “go to” funeral home for information and assistance before, during, and after the funeral. We are available all day and night, every day.

Well-Appointed Facilities

Centrally located in Bay County, our total funeral home is all on one-floor with no steps to climb. It is completely handicapped-accessible without the need for an elevator or special equipment. Our chapels are more intimate and personal than the expandable rooms at other homes. Families have options because each chapel has a unique décor.  Our Hall of Meditation provides solace in a time of stress and emotion. 

Preplanning Services

In 1987, we established the Trahan Prearrangement Center designed to provide Funeral Preplanning with our No-Payment and Prepayment options. Our Medicaid-Approved plans guarantee that your prepaid funeral arrangements are an exempt-asset. We are registered with the State of Michigan and Michigan Insurance Division to offer funeral insurance and funeral trusts to insure that your funds are safe and secure. Under state law, we are audited annually. You can be assured that we take this responsibility seriously and know that Trust is a Tradition at Trahan.

Aftercare Services

We are the only funeral firm in Bay County to offer a monthly grief support group to the community free of charge with a professional counselor. By understanding the grief process and interacting with others who have experienced the same feelings, one is better able to live life anew. In addition, we are the only funeral home in the area to host an Annual Memorial Holiday Candle Lighting Ceremony to honor those we love who have died. 

Monuments & Markers

In 1974, we established Trahan Memorials to design and manufacture personalized monuments & markers to remember those who have died in a permanent place. A variety of granites as well as bronze memorials are available. We also can arrange for honorably discharged veterans to obtain a VA provided marker. We offer all shapes, sizes, and prices from which to select. 

We'll care for you and your family like you were our family.

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Serving Bay City Families Since 1935

For more than 80 years, families in our community have been calling us FIRST because we've been the FIRST funeral home to provide Bay City families with the highest level of care, time and time again.

We'll care for you and your family like you were our family.

Call Us Now: 
(989)893-6583 ~

Our Location

Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center

256 N. Madison Avenue
Bay City Michigan 48708
Phone: 989-893-6583


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. Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center 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 Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center by calling 989-893-6583. 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

The purpose of the funeral is to acknowledge that a life has been lived, that a death has occurred, and allow for the expression of feelings and support. 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. A funeral that truly captures the spirit and personality of a loved one celebrates the life that has passed and gives comfort to those still living.

It is the goal of Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center 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 ceremony, family and friends have an opportunity to come together to celebrate and remember. 

Complete Funeral Service

Traditionally, the funeral will be a complete funeral service. This includes a family or public viewing of the deceased followed by a service, typically in the church or at the funeral home. This is followed by the earth or above ground burial of the casketed remains. Most cemeteries require that a minimum grave liner or vault be used to encase the casket when earth burial is selected to protect the gravesite and withstand the weight of the earth to maintain the cemetery property. Vaults are constructed of concrete and are designed to not only protect the gravesite, but are manufactured with inner liners that restrict the entrance of graveside elements (water and earth) and increase the strength of the vault.

Graveside Service

The graveside service is another choice. This many times would follow a time of limited 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.

Personalized Services

At Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center, we encourage families to create very personalized services. It is important to acknowledge that a life has been lived and to offer the community a way in which to celebrate that life. By offering services and memorialization choices 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 so you can begin the healing process.  We are here to help you “Tell the Story” and “Remember the Life”.

How We 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, Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center is always prepared to respond to your needs quickly and competently. Our main function is to assist you with the necessary details of the funeral process. Among the many services we provide are:

For more information about our professional services, please contact us by e-mail or call at 989-893-6583. We are here to help.

Cremation Options

Cremation - An Introduction

Although cremation dates back to ancient times, it has only recently become a more common choice through the U.S. and Canada.  People choose cremation for a variety of reasons.  Some do so based on environmental considerations, or philosophical or religious reasons.  Still others choose cremation because they feel it is simpler and less complicated. Keeping in mind geography and family mobility, some choose cremation because of Memorialization flexibility.  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 so your wishes will be honored.  Now is the perfect time to start. 

The greatest misunderstanding about cremation is the belief that with cremation, there is no need for a service.  However, a funeral or memorial ceremony is an important step in helping overcome grief, offers family and friends the opportunity to support one another, to honor a loved one, and begin the healing process.  After working with families for decades, we strongly believe that ceremony and memorialization are vital to grief recovery.  We offer numerous options, so each family selects what is meaningful and beneficial to them.  We’re here to help you with any questions you may have regarding this important decision. 

A Variety of Options

Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor does it require a funeral service. Traditional or contemporary services are often planned before the cremation process and 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 person 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. Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center is able to assist in any and all of your Service needs. To obtain more information call 989-893-6583.

The Complete Cremation Service is just like a complete funeral service except cremation will follow instead of 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.

Memorial Cremation Service can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body and is followed by a memorial service at the funeral home, church, or other location. A memorial service is one where the body is not present.  Typically, cremation has already taken place and the urn is present as a focal point at the service.  Sharing of stories, eulogies, readings, and music help reaffirm the value of the deceased person. In addition, personal objects, photos, and flowers help create a memorable events

Family Gathering Service is a gathering of family members within a few hours after death to view the body and support one another in a private setting.  This coming together acknowledges the grief of relatives and helps them feel included in the grieving process. The cremation process follows and the urn can be buried, placed in a niche at a columbarium, kept at home, or placed in a garden. Some families scatter the cremated remains or place a small amount of cremated remains in special jewelry as personal keepsakes. 

A Direct Cremation refers to a cremation being provided without any gathering or farewell.

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 remembering a loved one. Some families choose to keep the cremated remains with them at home, or to scatter the remains over land or water. Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center can assist with the following memorialization options, among others, for cremated remains:

Memorialization Options for Cremation

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

Outdoor Niches –Cremated remains may be safely held in an above-ground columbarium niche.

Scattering – Cremated remains may be scattered freely within a dedicated, natural environment. There are also certain services which offer scattering among the sea or the stars.  We have biodegradable and scattering urns designed for this purpose. 

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 unique urns and cremation jewelry keepsakes, personalized for you. 


Welcome to the Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center Mobile Website.

Centrally located in Bay City, Michigan, our one-level modern facility includes intimate and personal chapels, family lounge, WiFi, the Hall of Meditation, and other amenities to serve you and your family.

Please call 989-893-6583 or email us, we are available 24 hours per day 7 days a week.