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What To Do: A Checklist
 Notify these people as soon as possible:
The funeral director, to arrange for the transfer
of the deceased (usually this can be done within 1-2 hours, although it may take longer to obtain a release from the hospital) and set an appointment with you to make further arrangements
Relatives, executor/executrix, and friends
Employers (the employer of the deceased and relatives who will need time off)
Insurance agents (life, health, and accident)
Religious, fraternal, civic, and Veterans organizations and unions, if applicable
Lawyer and accountant
Secure the vital statistics of the deceased:
Full legal name-other names must be identified by “also known as” (AKA)
Home address and telephone number Industry and occupation
Military service serial number
Date and place of birth
Citizenship
Father’s name
Mother’s name, maiden name Locate the will
Pay for:
Funeral arrangements, including clergy, florist, and transportation
Cemetery and memorialization services
Current and urgent bills (i.e., mortgage, rent, taxes, telephone, etc.)
Meet with the funeral home within a few hours to decide:
Whether your loved one is to be buried, cremated, or entombed
The funeral director will ask if you have made any arrangements with a cemetery or crematorium. If you have not done this, you will need to visit the cemetery
Service details-would you like a visitation period, formal service, reception?
Whether a member of the clergy will be engaged for the service
Casket selection
Clothing that the deceased will be buried or cremated in
Pallbearers, music, pictures, flowers, scripture, or other readings
If you would like a charity to receive donations in lieu of flowers
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