THINGS TO CONSIDER
BEFORE VISITATION AND SERVICES
Inform Family and Friends of Arrangements
Complete “Items Needed” Checklist
Get plenty of rest
Be prepared for visitors
Arrange for sitters for young children and pets
Document visitors, receipt of food and flowers at the house.
Consider having someone stay at the house while you are at the visitation and services.
Confirm transportation, arrival times and accommodations for out-of-town family members and guests.
If applicable – start thinking about who you want to serve as pallbearers.
Communicate any special needs or requests to the funeral home directors and staff.
DURING VISITATION AND SERVICES
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
Greet visitors as they arrive
Encourage visitors to sign the Guest Registry and to view and photos, DVDs or other personal mementos displayed.
Know that it’s OK to take a break to get away from crowds – to get off of your feet and to have a snack, soft drink or coffee or water.
Understand that some people will be crying, while others may laugh as they reminisce.
Be in contact with the funeral home staff for any changes or concerns you may have.