Funeral Planning Checklist — Your Guide to Planning a Loved One’s Funeral
Posted by: Erin Ward in Funeral Planning Resources, Funeral Advice | July 8, 2021
Like when you plan a wedding, there is a lot more that goes into funeral planning than you may think. From major decisions like burial or cremation to small details like the table centerpieces at the post-funeral reception, there are a lot of things to arrange. It can all get a bit overwhelming, especially on top of grieving a loss.
To make things a little easier, you can follow this funeral planning checklist, so you don’t forget anything important.
After a loved one passes away, there are a few things to determine before you get into the details of funeral planning, including:
- Information about your loved one that you want to include in the obituary.
- Charities for donations.
- The funeral home you’re going to work with.
- Your funeral payment method, such as a credit card payment or crowdfunding campaign.
- Memorial products you want for remembering your loved one.
- Any special requests for your loved one’s funeral.
To make the visitation as personalized to your loved one as possible, you should choose:
- Photos for the memorial displays and tribute video.
- Your loved one’s possessions for memorial displays.
- Music to play.
- A funeral theme if you want one, such as a seasonal theme or a loved one’s hobby.
When planning the funeral service, you need to select:
- The location.
- The disposition method, such as burial or cremation.
- An officiant and any other speakers.
- Readings, prayers, and any other literature.
- Funeral flowers.
- Funeral gifts for your guests, like a small packet of seeds or a poem.
For the graveside service, you need to pick the:
- Burial plot, mausoleum, or ash scattering location.
- Burial clothing.
- Grave marker and inscription.
If you’re having a post-funeral reception, you need to decide:
- The location.
- If you’re catering the food or having a potluck.
- The menu.
- The table centerpieces.
Is there anything else that we should add to the funeral planning checklist? Share your ideas with us in the comments!