Funeral Arrangements

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Making funeral arrangements at an emotional time after a loved one has died is heart-rending. Providing this pragmatic list of actions and activities required to plan a funeral is intended to facilitate the decision making process for this significant event.

While the following list may assist you with funeral arrangements, it does not include every consideration, especially personal biases, religion, creed, emotional contemplations, empathy, sympathy, or spiritual matters regarding all the circumstances which may unfold during the course of the events.

Notification / Communication

Family Members

Friends of the Deceased

Others

Additional Notes

Passwords Needed

Documents Needed

Social Media Messages (Facebook, etc...)

Transportation

Verify that both friends and family have arranged transportation to the funeral.

Apparel

For Family Members

For the Deceased

Graphic / Printing

Pictures

​Display Boards and Easels

Take-Away Memorial Pamphlet

Two-Sided Memorial Pamphlet

  • Picture
  • Vitals and Data
  • Poem
  • Psalm 23 or Other Scripture

Obituary

  • Notification Entity
  • Written Copy

Prayer Cards

  • ​Funeral Home
  • Other

Signature Book and Pen

Thank You Notes

Funeral Arrangements

Church

  • ​Presider
  • Co-Celebrant
  • Pastor

Tips

  • Pastor
  • Musicians
  • Other

Herse

  • ​Driver and Vehicle

Floral

  • Location
  • Contact
  • Specifications

Funeral Home

  • Schedule
  • Location
  • Contact

Embalming

  • Schedule
  • Location
  • Contact

Casket Rental

  • Schedule
  • Location
  • Contact

Cremation

  • Schedule
  • Location
  • Contact
  • Services
  • Urn
  • Columbarium
  • Mausoleum

Burial

  • Schedule
  • Location
  • Contact

Burial Location

  • Location
  • Contact
  • Land Plot Purchase
  • Head Stone

Wake Viewing

  • Schedule
  • Location
  • Contact

Post Wake Gathering

  • Schedule
  • Location
  • Contact

Funeral Strategy

  • Schedule
  • Location
  • Contact
  • Miscellaneous Participants
  • Readers
  • Readings
  • Poll-Bearers
  • Eulogy
  • Other

Post-Funeral Gathering

  • Schedule
  • Location
  • Contact

Music

Musicians

Music Selections

Miscellaneous and Business Matters

Life Insurance

Health Insurance

Social Security Benefits

Other Benefits

Credit Cards

Loans

Gifts

Physical Health

Psychological / Mental Helth

Spiritual Health

Other

Work / Business Arrangements

  • Employer
  • Clients
  • Strategic Partners

Action Items

  • Family Member's Requests
  • Friend's Requests
  • Other's Requests
  • Other