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 planning in advance.

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*
veteran's 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*
therapy dog involvement*
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

Obituaries

Michael Scharf, Jr. , 75
Born: Saturday, March 10, 1945
Died: Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Annie Hinton, 84
Born: Wednesday, January 15, 1936
Died: Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Gregory Kimball , 48
Born: Friday, July 23, 1971
Died: Monday, July 06, 2020

Darlene Thompson, 60
Born: Saturday, October 10, 1959
Died: Monday, July 06, 2020

Geneva Barton, 79
Born: Saturday, March 22, 1941
Died: Sunday, July 05, 2020

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