Tuesday, January 15, 2008
IMMEDIATE CONTACTS TO MAKE
People to notify ~ Call funeral home, clergy, relatives, friends and out-of-town family members.
Pre-Arrangements ~ check to see if pre-arrangements are on file at the funeral home and obtain your copy and review prior to going to funeral home to finalize any details of the arrangements.
ITEMS NEEDED FOR AT-NEED ARRANGEMENTS
Photograph ~ Provide photograph for identification, newspaper obituary notice, beautician, and funeral home website guest book.
Social Security Number ~ Provide social security number for the death certificate –(Have original if possible) .
Date of birth ~ Confirm month, day, year, state and county of birth.
Parents Names ~ confirm correct spelling of decedent’s mother’s (maiden) and father’s name.
Veterans Discharge Papers ~ Locate original or copy of the discharge papers also known as the DD214.
Clothing ~ complete outfit, jewelry and personal cosmetics (underclothing, socks, etc.).
Vital Statistics ~ Provide information for death certificate and newspaper.
Visitation ~ Date, Time and Place_______________________
Funeral Service ~ Date, Time, Place_____________________
Clergy ~ Confirm Date, Time and Place.
Cemetery Property ~ Provide cemetery information (Always contact your funeral director first, they can assist you with cemetery questions and details that may save you time and money):
CEMETERY INFORMATION NEEDED
Location: Lot # and Grave Space# ____________________________
Cemetery Property ~ Arrange to purchase property or confirm property already owned.
Merchandise Selections ~ Casket, vault, urn, jewelry, stationary packages, video tributes, etc.
Death Certificates ~ Decide on number of certified copies needed. (You will need certified copies for any legal business you will conduct on the deceased’s behalf – Probate, car titles, loans, stocks, bonds, retirement accounts, land, residence, etc.).
Flowers ~ Select floral casket piece or other floral tributes and order from florist of your preference.
Prayer Cards ~ Select prayer cards.
Service Folders ~ Decide if service folders will be used during the funeral service will they have photo of deceased on the folders, etc..
Remembrance , Register or Guest Book ~ guest will sign showing their presence at the visitation or funeral.
Memorial Contributions ~ Select an organization, charity, religious group, etc; always include address, contact information and website is available.
Acknowledgment Cards ~ Select Thank You Cards (sent to those who sent flowers, food or acknowledge the death of your loved one in another manor.
Limousine ~ Request or decline the use of a limousine on the day of the funeral service.
Reception ~ Receive catering options for reception.
Veterans ~ Request flag to be present in visitation room, funeral. Funeral – will flad be folded or draped over the casket?
Request Honor Guard.
Children ~ Request Children’s Orientation Program.
Website ~ Request information and light a candle on funeral home website.
Out of town newspapers ~ Provide name of town and state for obituary.
Obituary ~ Provide name of newspaper that obituary should appear in.
Death Notice ~ Provide survivor information and service details.
Picture Boards ~ Take picture boards home to arrange
Personal keepsake ~ Share with the funeral director, my wish for a personal keepsake; such as a lock of hair.
Payment to the funeral home ~ Arrange for payment.
After Funeral Arrangements
Photomontage (Collage) ~ Arrange photographs on funeral home picture boards.
Music ~ Decide on favorite music to be played during visitation.
Personal Items ~ Choose collectibles to display in visitation room.
Food ~ Arrange for a meal between visiting hours and after the funeral.
Out of Town Guests ~ Make arrangements for out of town quests to be picked up at the airport and/or for hotel accommodations.
Notify ~ Schools, employers, banks, lawyers and insurance companies of the death.
Arriving Early ~ Ask all family members to arrive one half hour early.
Photographs and Collectibles ~ Arrange photos and collectibles in visitation room.
Keepsake ~ Place personal item in casket (or have cremated with.)
Children ~ Assign an adult to watch over the children during visiting hours.
Personal Comfort ~ Wear comfortable clothes and shoes during visiting hours.
Flowers ~ Decide which flowers will go to church, take home or donate to a local nursing home.
FUNERAL SERVICE DETAILS
Clergy ~ Meet with clergy to plan funeral service. Decide on offering to clergy.
Pallbearers ~ Ask 4-6 family members or friends to be pallbearers.
Eulogy ~ Ask a family member or friend.
Readings ~ Ask a family member of friend.
Music/Musicians ~ Choose music. Performed live or recorded.
Graveside Committal Service ~ Choose appropriate clothes in case of inclement weather.
Transportation~ Limousine or family car.
Meeting Place ~ Meet at funeral home or at church.
Donation Envelopes ~ Available at church.
AFTER THE FUNERAL
Death Certificates ~ Order additional copies as needed.
Acknowledgement Cards ~ Order additional cards if needed.