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Planning Checklist

Check out this planning checklist to create your unique funeral arrangements, but remember that you don't need to make all these decisions right now. If you are planning a memorial service prior to a cremation, please reference the information below as a starting point for your plans.  

 


 

Necessary Information

 

Personal Information

  • Your father’s name
  • Your mother’s maiden name
  • Your social security number
  • Your level of education

 

Affiliations

  • Fraternal organizations
  • Union memberships
  • Service organizations
  • Any special recognitions

 

Military Service Information

  • Name(s) of war/conflict(s) toured
  • Serial number
  • Military service
  • Branch rank
  • Date of enlistment
  • Date of discharge

Getting Started

  • Select a funeral home.
  • Note any specific instructions for your services and final disposition.
  • Organize personal information for your obituary.
  • If you wish, choose a charity for any donations.



The Funeral Service

  • Select burial or cremation.
  • Choose a casket or cremation container.
  • Pick funeral locations and service types.
  • Make a note of any desired traditions or religious rituals.
  • Select the attire you want to be dressed in.
  • Arrange transportation for your physical remains and family members.
  • Select an overall theme for funeral stationery and any décor.
  • Choose floral arrangements.
  • Choose any specific hymns and songs you’d like included.
  • Pick photos and mementos for a memorial display.



Service Participants

  • Designate pallbearers.
  • Select a clergy member or officiator for the service.
  • Pick friends or family members to say the eulogy, read scripture, do a speech, or other readings.
  • If you wish, choose any musicians.



Final Disposition

  • Choose a cemetery.
  • Select a burial plot or mausoleum.
  • Select a memorial or grave marker and inscription.
  • Decide who will keep your urn.
  • Decide who will scatter your ashes and where.



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