100 Detailed Decisions

This is a partial list of the decisions and tasks family members are faced with upon the death of a loved one. Many families find it beneficial to make some of the decisions ahead of time. All of the tasks asterisked below can be made in advance by preplanning a funeral.

Notify:
doctor or coroner
relatives
friends
funeral home
lawyer
employer
cemetery/memorial location
clergy
co-workers
musicians
financial organizations
insurance companies
Department of Veterans Affairs
volunteer, church, union, fraternal organizations
newspapers

Accurate information of:
Birthplace*
career*
volunteer organizations*
social security number*
date and place of birth, citizenship*
parents full names and maiden names*
relatives maiden and married names*
close friends names*

Location of:
birth certificate*
marriage license*
veterans discharge papers*
death certificate
insurance policies*
bank/credit card accounts*
investment accounts*
deeds to property*
will*
agent authorizing form*

Funding of:
professional services*
merchandise*
cemetery*
musicians*
flowers*
transportation*
reception*
honorariums*

Choice of:
clothing, undergarments, shoes*
jewelry*
final placement of jewelry*
burial or cremation*
open or closed casket*
casket or urn and keepsake selection*
cemetery or memorial location*
cemetery plot, vault or mausoleum*
monument or marker and wording*
type of service (religious, fraternal, secular or other)*
clergy involvement*
traditional or motorcycle hearse*
service bulletins
pallbearers*
eulogy deliverers
seating arrangements
obituary wording and publications
special readings, biblical passages*
music*
flowers*
candles*
pictures and other memorabilia*
video slideshow*
broadcasting of funeral on the web*
charity to receive memorial gifts*
register book
memorial, acknowledgement, prayer and/or thank you cards
keepsake gifts
release: environmentally safe balloons, butterflies or doves*
child care
pet care
out of town guest arrangements

Location, date, time and agenda of:
private family viewing
special childrens visitation
visitation
funeral/memorial
burial
post funeral gathering and menu

100 Detailed Decisions