What to bring to a funeral planning conference

What to bring with you to the funeral home
When you come to our funeral home to make arrangements, it will be helpful for you to bring a number of items with you.

First, please bring the clothing, undergarments, shoes, glasses, and jewelry that you want them to wear during the funeral service or cremation. Please also bring a photograph of your loved one that we can add to their online obituary on our website and in the newspaper if you so desire.

We will also need to record certain biographical information for the paperwork required by the state. This includes their Social Security number, date of birth, wedding date, parents’ full names and birthplaces, schools and employers, physician’s name, and details about their military service, if applicable. Bringing as much of this information with you as possible is a good idea.

Please bring copies of life insurance policies, cemetery paperwork, funeral prearrangement and military discharge papers (DD 214 form) if applicable.

If you like, you can download and fill out the Personal History Form ahead of time. This will allow our staff to enter your information quickly.

We would be happy to make a Life Story memorial video about your loved one’s life to play during the visitation and before and after the service. This is a picture slideshow set to music and comes on a keepsake DVD for you and your family to take home afterwards. Please collect 20-40 photos for the video and bring them to us as soon as possible. We will need at least 24 hours before the visitation to put the video together; more time is preferred. Photos need to be removed from frames. You can also email them to your funeral director if that is more convenient.

For the visitation and service, you may want to set up memory tables with framed photos, memorabilia, awards, crafts etc. for guests to view at the visitation or before or after the service. You can bring these items in with you the day of the event.

Here’s a handy checklist of what to bring with you when you visit us. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call.
Posted: May 25, 2015
Tags: caskets-and-vaults, markers-and-monuments, EtiquetteFAQs, immediate-need

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