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Important Questions that Need to be Answered and/or Considered with Regard to Funeral/Burial Arrangements

When it comes to Estate Planning, family members should not stop at just the preparation of a Trust, Simple Will, Medical and Financial Power of Attorney. There are many other questions that need to be answered to make the final arrangements for your loved ones as simple as possible. Below is a very comprehensive list that has been provided to us compliments of Langeland Funeral Home that will help you and your family address issues involving funeral/burial or cremation arrangements. If you have more questions regarding this list, please feel free to call Langeland Family Funeral Home at 269-343-1508.

SECURE VITAL STATISTICS


  • Full legal name, address, phone number and email
  • Religious name
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Spouse’s maiden name
  • Education attainment
  • Citizenship
  • Father’s name
  • Father’s birthplace
  • Mother’s name and maiden name
  • Mother’s birthplace
  • Names of all children, grandchildren etc
  • Social Security Number
  • Veteran’s serial/service number
  • Date and place of service, date of discharge
  • Time at current residence
  • Occupation, job title, nature of work and employment history
  • Location of work place
  • Family origin
  • Estate/Inheritance taxes
  • Funeral expenses
  • Purchase of family burial estate/cremation niche
  • Opening and closing costs for the burial/cremation space
  • Memorialization/headstone
  • Organist and vocalist
  • Florist
  • Obituary
  • Clothing
  • Long distance telephone/wire service
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Medical practitioner
  • Ambulance
  • Hospital/Nursing home
  • Medications and drugs
  • Current and urgent bills

COLLECT DOCUMENTS AND PAPER WORK


  • Family Will
  • Prepare legal papers, certificates and permits
  • Birth certificate
  • Citizenship papers
  • Marriage license
  • Veteran’s discharge certificate
  • Submit insurance policies
  • Disability claims
  • Bank books and listing of accounts
  • Other financial accounts
  • Property deeds
  • Cemetery deed or proof of ownership
  • Auto titles
  • Income tax returns, receipts and cancelled checks

DECIDE AND ARRANGE RIGHT AWAY


  • Make cemetery arrangements
  • Arrange for opening/closing of cemetery space
  • Funeral home preference
  • Location of funeral service
  • Service type (religious, military, fraternal etc)
  • Time and place of visitation and funeral service
  • Provide information for the eulogy
  • Select a casket
  • Select a vault/outer burial container
  • Select urn/niche
  • Provide information about deceased for newspaper
  • Clothing for deceased
  • Jewelry/glasses for deceased
  • Select cosmetology/hairstyle for deceased
  • Selection of scripture/readings
  • Clergy of officiate
  • Select the memorial contributions
  • Register books, memorial/prayer cards
  • Select pallbearers
  • Floral arrangements
  • Select music
  • Organist/pianist/vocalist
  • Arrange for Limousine for family/pallbearers
  • Arrange funeral car list for family/friends
  • Clothing for you and minor children
  • Decide who will look after minor children and pets
  • Extra chairs
  • Transportation for family guests
  • Reviewing and signing all paper work
  • Answering innumerable phone calls, emails and letters
  • Necessary meetings with the funeral director, clergy, lawyer and cemetery
  • Arranging transportation/lodging for out of town guests
  • Acknowledging those who help in a special way (contributions of food, flowers, donations etc)
  • Decide how many certified copies of death certificate to order
  • Items for memento display/memorial board
  • Decide on memorial video production, pictures, music etc
  • Arrange for writing thank you notes

PLAN TO NOTIFY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE


  • All family members
  • Insurance agents
  • All friends
  • Minister and church
  • Funeral director
  • Pallbearers
  • Cemetery
  • Doctor
  • Employer of deceased
  • Employer of relatives not going to work
  • Organist, musicians and vocalists
  • Newspaper regarding notices
  • Social Security Administration
  • Veterans Administration

**This information has been provided courtesy of Langeland Family Funeral Home.**
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