Whether you are making arrangements following a death or as part of pre-planning, there are a number of decisions that must be made.  This checklist can help you better understand the elements of a funeral, help guide your decisions, and help you be better prepared to make the arrangements. Our ultimate goal is always to help you create a service that is meaningful, appropriate and affordable.

  • Select a funeral service location: chapel, gravesite or temple?
  • Decide on the time and date of service
  • Select a cemetery for burial
  • Select a priest (if)
  • Determine the preparation of the deceased:
    • Traditional preparation (suit, dress, casual)
    • No preparation (closed coffin or no service will be held)
  • Select a coffin
  • Be prepared with information for vital statistics: i.e., Social Security Number, date of birth, parents’ names.
  • Be prepared to provide information for death notices and possible obituary
  • Consider a church, a charity or organization for donations in memory of the deceased
  • Determine if any limousine will be required.
  • Consider care for any young children or older adults who may or may not attend the service
  • Consider which family members or friends can assist in informing others of the death/funeral plans
  • Decide if you would like to order personalized acknowledgement cards
  • Be prepared to sign a contract and authorizations
  • Be prepared to decide on the method of payment for services.

Remember, we are with you all the way.  When in doubt, please do not hesitate to ask us questions.