Although planning a funeral can be an uneasy and complicated process, it can be even more stressful for those who must do so after the unexpected death of a loved one. Thankfully, a number of families are beginning to see the importance of preplanning a funeral. To ensure your final wishes are carried out in full, use the funeral planning checklist below to plot your funeral. Each of these items can be arranged and pre-paid prior to an individual’s death.
- Select a charity to donate to, if desired.
- Finalize your will.
- Select a reputable funeral home.
- Compile personal information to use in your obituary.
Funeral Home Services:
- Make a decision between burial and cremation.
- Select a casket or urn.
- Choose the type of personalized service you’d like to be remembered by.
- Select the best location for your service.
- Select a cemetery.
- Select a plot for a final resting place.
- Select between viewing and visitation.
- Choose floral arrangements.
- Choose a selection of photographs to use for obituaries and the service.
- Determine whether religious or fraternal items will be on display during the service.
- Select a music playlist, including songs, hymns, or musical compositions.
- Pick any literature or scripture that you would like to have spoken at the service.
- If you plan on a visitation, determine what type of clothing will be most appropriate.
- Select a register for your memorial.
- Select a funeral coach.
- Select a clergy car.
- Select a family limousine.
- Select a pallbearer limousine.
- Select a flower car (if desired).
- Choose a clergy officer or officiator to oversee your memorial.
- Select any musical parties that will be present for the service.
- Select family and friends to share a eulogy.
Select a friend or family member to share a piece of literature or scripture during the memorial.