The best way to Make Funeral Preparations When a person Has Died
- Make “First Calls”
Make the “first calls” to inform the appropriate parties and have the deceased removed from the place of death.
- Verify Transportation for Deceased.
This call will transfer the body to the funeral home or other location designated by responsible parties. In some cases, a second transfer may be required either locally to another funeral home or to another town.
Check records to see if any pre-arranged funeral plans exist. A pre-arranged plan usually specifies the funeral service provider that the deceased decided on in advance.
- Prepare for Funeral Products and services
Meet with a funeral director to make preparations for the funeral services and products. All the way through the meeting, you’ll talk about how the deceased will probably be cared for, whether or not you’ll have a burial or cremation, and what type of ceremony shall be held.
- Confirm Cemetery Preparations
If the deceased will be buried and cemetery property has not already been bought, meet with officers of the chosen cemetery to buy interment property (e.g., grave plot, crypt, a niche for an urn). The funeral director might be able to make those preparations on behalf of your family.
- Choose Funeral and Memorial Merchandise
Make a selection and purchase the vital products (casket, burial vault, urn, and so on.), memorial items (grave marker, on-line memorial) and funeral stationery.
- Maintain Property, Monetary, and Administrative Issues
Following the funeral, the affairs of the deceased should be put in order. Those issues vary from sending loss of life notices to filing death benefit claims to converting the identify of the deceased’s assets.