Eternal Rest Funeral Home

Planning a Funeral

Funeral Planning Checklist

There are a number of things to consider when planning a funeral. Planning a funeral can be a very complicated process, made even more difficult by the emotional stress that accompanies the death of a loved one. Fortunately many arrangements can be made ahead of time to decrease the burden on those left behind.

Below is a funeral planning checklist (Funeral Planning Checklist, N.D.)

  • Assemble personal information for the obituary
  • Chose a charity to direct donations to
  • Chose burial or cremation
  • Select a casket or cremation container
  • Chose family viewing or visitation
  • Select photographs to be displayed
  • Decide which religious or fraternal items are to be displayed
  • Decide what the deceased will wear
  • Select music, hymns, and solos
  • Select a memorial register
  • Select memorial folders and acknowledgement cards
  • Chose clergy or officiator
  • choose organist or other musical participants
  • Select pallbearers
  • Select family member or friend to perform the eulogy
  • Chose a cemetery
  • Select a burial or cremation plot

Planning your own service

For more information on planning your own funeral or memorial service please visit https://www.everplans.com/articles/checklist-pre-planning-your-funeral-or-memorial-service

Coping financially with the loss

For information on financially coping with the loss of a loved one please visit http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@editorial/documents/document/copingfinanciallywiththelossof.pdf

References

Coping financially with the loss of a loved one (2011) National Endowment for Financial Education. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@editorial/documents/document/copingfinanciallywiththelossof.pdf


Funeral Planning Checklist (N.D.) National Caregivers Library. Retrieved from http://www.caregiverslibrary.org/portals/0/checklistsandforms_funeralplanningchecklist.pdf


Checklist Pre-Planning your funeral or memorial service (2014) Everplans. Retrieved from https://www.everplans.com/articles/checklist-pre-planning-your-funeral-or-memorial-service