Here’s the list you need to make sure everything is in order during this difficult time.
Notify close relatives and friends. Call those who will take part in planning the funeral.
Contact the funeral director.
Gather your paperwork for the death certificate. This includes Social Security number, parents’ names and other personal information.
Consider burial and cremation options. You’ll need to select clothing and jewelry for the deceased and remember to include any special items they requested to be buried with, such as a special letter or wedding rings.
Schedule the services. If the deceased was a member of the military or a fraternal order, check with the local branch for special ceremonies those groups provide.
Choose music for the service.
Consider putting together a memorial. Many families set up photo boards or other tributes.
Write the obituary.
Schedule post-funeral activities. Many families hold a luncheon after a funeral or schedule a time to get together to celebrate the life of the deceased.