Your funeral director will help guide you each step of the way after a loved one has passed. Below is a helpful list to assist you with taking care of all the details with your director.
1. Bring the following information to the arrangement to help complete the State vital statistic requirements:
- Birth Date
- Father's Name
- Mother's Name
- Social Security Number
- Veteran's Discharge (DD214)
- Marital Status
2. Determine the number of copies of the death certificates you will need for banks, insurance companies, and others. Your director will order these for you.
3. Decide on appropriate memorial to which gifts or donations may be made (church, hospice, library, charity or school). Your director can add this information to the obituary and also set donation envelopes out at the services.
4. Gather other obituary information you want to include such as age, place of birth, occupation, college degrees, memberships held, military service, outstanding work, and list of family members. Your director will submit the obituary to the necessary newspapers.
5. Select photos for the obituary and tribute DVD. Each DVD can be up to fifty photos and your director will create it for you.
6. Take care of yourself. Arrange for members of family or close friends to take turns answering door or phone, keeping careful record of calls. Be sure to schedule your meals and stay hydrated. Grieving is physically taxing as well as emotionally taxing, and it's important to keep a healthy schedule and get plenty of food, water, and sleep.