First Steps

First Steps

When a death occurs, many people are unsure of what steps they must take in planning the funeral. The following is intended as a brief guide only. Our Staff can assist you throughout the entire arrangement process.

  • Determine whether the deceased has made prearrangements or has left a will.
  • Notify family and friends of the death.
  • Write obituary notice.
  • Choose cemetery or memorial location.
  • Select casket, vault and/or urn.
  • Determine date and time of funeral.
  • Choose type of service (religious, fraternal or other type).
  • Notify clergy, if involvement desired.
  • Gather clothing and jewelry.
  • Notify casket bearers.
  • Find special readings, biblical passages and music.
  • Choose floral arrangements.
  • Select charity to receive memorial gifts (if appropriate).
  • Determine type of monument or marker.
  • Choose registry book, memorial folders, thank-you cards, etc.