A Helpful Guide to Funeral Arrangements

The day a loved one dies can be one of the most difficult days of your life. In the days following, you will be faced with many decisions. We have prepared this information as a guide to assist you when making funeral arrangements. It is our hope that this information will help make the arrangement process easier and make your burden a little lighter. If you have any questions, please call--we are always ready to assist.

Notify
__ 1. The doctor or coroner
__ 2. The funeral director
__ 3. The clergy*
__ 4. The cemetery or memorial park
__ 5. All relatives
__ 6. All friends and neighbors
__ 7. The deceased's employer
__ 8. Newspapers* (obituary notice)
__ 9. Employers and school officials of those who will be absent for funeral
__10. Insurance agents
__11. Unions and fraternal organizations
__12. The attorney

Funeral Home Information
__ 13. Information for death certificate
__ 14. Social Security number
__ 15. VA discharge (DD214)
__ 16. Family history for obituary
__ 17. Bring clothing/undergarments
__ 18. Bring jewelry
__ 19. Bring appropriate picture
__ 20. File insurance policies

Decide on Service Details
__ 21. A budget for funeral expenses
__ 22. Number of certified copies of the death certificate
__ 23. Type of service
__ 24. Type of casket or urn
__ 25. Type of burial vault
__ 26. Pallbearers
__ 27. Music, organist, and/or vocalist
__ 28. Appropriate readings and/or eulogy
__ 29. Floral arrangements
__ 30. Collect flower cards*
__ 31. Coordinate fraternal organizations*
__ 32. Type of memorial contributions

Cemetery Decisions
__ 33. Select cemetery
__ 34. Select a cemetery burial space
__ 35. Meet with cemetery personnel to finalize arrangements
__ 36. Pay charges for opening and closing of the grave
__ 37. Select memorial marker or monument company
__ 38. Pay tent and equipment fee

Additional Items
__ 39. If desired, arrange for organ or tissue donations
__ 40. Appoint a host or hostess
__ 41. Coordinate arrangements for out-of-town guests
__ 42. Return sympathetic phone calls or messages
__ 43. Call the Social Security Administration (1-800-772-1213)
__ 44. Complete VA forms*
__ 45. Complete life insurance forms

Be Prepared to Pay the Following
__ 46. Funeral home
__ 47. Cemetery
__ 48. Monument company
__ 49. Clergy*
__ 50. Musicians*
__ 51. Florist


*These items may be taken care of by the funeral director.