***If you have to plan a funeral, try not to do everything yourself. Call on family members or friends to help you make the arrangements.***
Funeral Checklist. Things you will need. Provide the following information to Vital Statistics about the deceased:
- Birth date
- Father’s name
- Mother’s name
- Social Security #
- Veterans Discharge or claim #
- Marital Status
- Obituary information (the funeral home will usually write the article and submit the article to the newspapers)
- Education (College degrees)
- Memberships held
- Military Service
- Outstanding work
- List of survivors in immediate family
- Give time and place of service
- Addresses of all people who must be notified
- Arrangements for out-of-town visitors
- Casket Store
- Funeral Home
- Relatives and Friends
- Insurance Agents
- Union and Fraternal Organizations
- Cemetery Property
- Funeral Service
- Thank You Announcements
- Time and Place for Funeral
- Time and Place for Visitation
In addition you will want to:
- Find someone to help answer sympathetic phone calls, cards and letters, as well as greet friends and relatives when they call.
- Decide appropriate memorial to which gifts may be made (church, hospice, etc.)
- Prepare list of distant persons to be notified by letter or print notice and decide which to send.
- Check promptly on all debts and installment payments, credit cards. Some carry insurance clauses that cancel balance upon death.
- Check carefully all life and casualty insurance and death benefits, including social security, credit union, fraternal and military.
- Notify utilities and landlord and tell post office where to send mail (if deceased was living alone.