- Tips for Planning Your Funeral
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Tips for Planning Your Funeral
Planning your own funeral is an important way for you to ensure the service happens exactly as you'd like. It can significantly reduce the levels of stress endured by your friends and family after your passing. Regardless of whether you are physically fit or not, it is always a wise idea to attend to this sort of planning well in advance.
This is when friends and family have time to sit peacefully with the body. It typically happens in a funeral home, but can also happen at a house of worship or home.
The wake is a time to gather to celebrate the life of a person who passed. This gathering is typically an important part of the mourning process, and allows friends and family members to provide comfort to each other.
The funeral is a memorial ceremony that typically occurs in a house of worship or funeral home. The body is usually present, either in an open or closed casket. There are no rules for a funeral; you are free to shape the service as you see fit. If you are religious, you may want to have a service that's full of prayer. If you served in the armed forces, you may opt for a military funeral. Other people prefer to keep the service non-denominational, and use it as a time for family and friends to grieve together.
A memorial ceremony
A memorial ceremony is another alternative if you are not comfortable with the idea of a funeral service. Memorials typically happen a few months after the person has passed, and the body is not present. The memorial service is a place for family members and friends to commemorate the life of the person who passed. People can eulogize the deceased, and explain what they meant to them.
If you wish to plan an after-death service, you'll want to make your wishes are clear to the people who will be tasked with executing these arrangements. Some of the details you will need to consider:
- The location of the gathering/service
- The type of service
- Who should facilitate the ceremonies
- Whether the body will be present, and whether the casket will be open or closed
- Any specific jewelry or clothing you would like placed on your body
- Who will serve as pallbearers (when necessary)
- Whether you would like a special picture or other items displayed with you
- Any special readings or music that you would like featured
- Information about special music, readings, food or drink, and other details
Your surviving family members and friends will take comfort in knowing that they are executing the after-death services exactly as you had wished, and you can relax knowing that the arrangements will be handled in a way that you find suitable.
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We have all sat on the other side of the table (or screen) and we know that when you landed on this page you were not thinking of making EVERY decision about a funeral at this very moment.
Maybe you were not even thinking of pre-planning at all ... maybe you were wanting to view an obituary or get service details for someone you know or love ... or you were surfing the Internet looking into options because someone in your life was diagnosed with a chronic illness. But, whatever brought you to our website or made you start thinking of pre-planning, wants to make starting funeral arrangements as easy as possible.
With our online form, you can provide information that our experienced staff will use to help create the perfect memorial service for you or your loved one.
Use our easy 5 Question Form to get started.We simply want to help by starting the conversation.
NOTE: Texas law requires sellers of prepaid funeral contracts to hold a permit issued by the Texas Department of Banking. For additional information regarding prepaid funeral contracts, go to the website located at: www.prepaidfunerals.texas.gov.
Documents You Will Need to Conduct Business
It is advisable to call parties concerned before visiting their offices to check on which documents they will need. If documents are given to them, get a receipt (insurance polices, etc.).
- DEATH CERTIFICATE- WILLS
- SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS YOURS AND THE DECEASED
- MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE- BIRTH CERTIFICATE OF EACH CHILD
- ARMED SERVICE DISCHARGE PAPERS- VETERAN'S ADMINISTRATION CLAIM NUMBER
- INSURANCE POLICIES -DEEDS AND TITLES TO PROPERTY
- STOCK CERTIFICATES -BANK BONDS
- AUTOMOBILE REGISTRATION
- LOAN AND INSTALLMENT PAYMENT BOOKS AND CONTRACTS
- RECENT INCOME TAX FORMS AND W-2 FORMS
Who May Need a Death Certificate?
Download Who May Need a Death Certificate for reference.
This list below indicates who may need a certified copy of the death certificate.
- __ Each Life Insurance Claim being processed
- __ Real Estate Transactions
- __ Vehicle Title Transfers
- __ Boat Title Transfers
- __ Each Stock/Bond or Each Stock/Bond Portfolio
- __ Oil Leases
- __ Bank Accounts (Including savings, checking, CDs IRAs)
- __ Probating a Will
- __ Purchases with Credit Life Insurance Attached
- __ Some Credit Cards Companies
- __ Prearranged Funeral or Cemetery Insurance/Trust
- __ Government or Employer Claims/Pensions
- __ Other ______________________________________________
- _____ Total Certified Death Certificates Your Family Might Need
Useful Documents & Forms
All forms will be downloaded to your computer when you click on their link below. Once you have completed all required information you will be able to save the form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please print a copy for your records as well.
- Death Certificate Form
- Legal Next of Kin Verification Form
- Embalming Authorization Form
- Cremation Authorization Form
- Your First Visit
- Who Needs a Death Certificate?
- Follow-up Checklist
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