Funeral Checklist

Notify Authorities

  • Call your local emergency number to report the death. The authorities will call the coroner. Although it may not actually be necessary to call the coroner, it is a good idea to do so, especially if the deceased had insurance policies.
  • But there will likely be other relatives that should be included, especially if they need to travel some distance to attend the funeral. Don't forget to include close friends.
  • Note on the relatives who will be having a part in planning the calling hours and details of the funeral and set up a time to meet with the funeral director to finalize the plans.
  • If there is an executor for the estate of the deceased, this person usually handles this responsibility, but it is entirely up to the family to determine who should handle this responsibility. Often families will divide this responsibility between several family members.
  • You will need it for the completion of the death certificate at the funeral home. Parent's names including middle initials, also the social security number and date of birth of the deceased, their place of work (Name and address) and occupation of the deceased. See Vital Statistics Form.

The funeral director

Clothing & Jewelry

Consider the type of burial

Open or closed casket

Calling hours

Funeral services

Special Ceremonies

Seating arrangements for the funeral service

Compose the Obituary

Publishing an obituary

Flower arrangements

Eulogies

Special Recognition

Memorial cards (optional)

Pall bearers

Music at calling hours or funeral

Grave site transportation

Grave marker

Wake or special gathering

Accommodating out of town relatives