Pre-Planning Funeral Checklist

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Pre-Planning Funeral Checklist

The following is a pre-planning funeral checklist that will help you outline the details of your funeral or a loved one’s funeral in advance. This organized process will help provide the peace-of-mind that the funeral wishes were exactly as intended.

General Information

  1. Choose a funeral home
  2. Personal information for the obituary
  3. Select a charity for donations
  4. Decide if jewelry is to be worn or given to a family member (i.e., wedding ring)
  5. Choose a church
  6. Choose a cemetery
  7. Choose a reception venue

Funeral Home Services

  1. Choose clothing
  2. Choose burial or cremation
  3. Select a casket or urn
  4. Choose a burial vault
  5. Choose the type of service
  6. Choose family viewing or visitation
  7. Select floral arrangements
  8. Select and arrange photos to be displayed
  9. Decide on religious items to display
  10. Select readings or literature
  11. Select music type
  12. Choose memorial cards
  13. Choose any unique transportation (i.e., limousine)


  1. Choose clery
  2. Choose organist or musician
  3. Select pallbearers
  4. Select family member or friend to provide the eulogy
  5. Select family member or friend to read scripture or literature


  1. Select a burial or columbarium and/or mausoleum
  2. If cremated, what shall be done with the cremains (urn, jewelry, scattering ashes and where, and who should receive and/or scatter the ashes)
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