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Pre-Planning Checklist

There’s a lot that goes into planning a funeral, but making those arrangements beforehand gives you time to consider all of your options and make sure that you’re covering all of the necessary details. The following checklist will help you to make sure you’ve thought of everything when you begin creating your personalized plan.


Information you'll need to assemble:

  • Vital Statistics

- This includes your father’s name, your mother’s maiden name, your level of education, and your social security number.

  • Affiliations

- This includes fraternal, service, or union membership, along with any special recognitions you might have

  • If you’re a veteran, you’ll also need to include:

- Military service
- Branch rank
- Date of enlistment
- Date of discharge
- Name(s) of war/conflict(s) toured
- Serial number

 

Ways in which you can plan ahead:

General

  • Gather personal information for your obituary
  • Choose a charity to direct donations to, if desired
  • Choose a funeral home
  • Make note of any special instructions you desire for your services and final disposition


Funeral Service

  • Choose burial or cremation
  • Select a casket or cremation container
  • Choose the location and type of service
  • Decide whether you’d like to have a viewing or visitation
  • Choose a floral arrangement
  • Select which photographs and memorabilia you’d like to display
  • Consider any customs, traditions, or religious rites that are important to you and your family
  • Choose the clothing you’d like to be dressed in
  • Select music and hymns, if desired
  • Select a style for your stationery and memorial register book
  • Arrange transportation for your physical remains and your family
  • Brainstorm any additional ways you’d like to personalize the services or pay tribute to your accomplishments, hobbies, personality, and life story.


Participants

  • Choose a clergy member or officiator to preside over the service
  • Select any musicians whose talents you’d like to employ
  • Select pallbearers
  • Choose friends or family members to perform the eulogy, read scripture, or prepare a speech


Cemetery

  • Choose a cemetery
  • Select a burial or cremation plot
  • Select a monument or grave marker


Remember that there’s no need to make all of the decisions right away, and that the purpose of pre-planning is to allow yourself to take the time you need when considering your options and making the choices that are right for you. For personalized assistance in creating your plan, consult one of our experts by contacting us to schedule a one-on-one meeting.

Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home - Mountain Grove
315 N. Main St. Mountain Grove, MO 65711
Phone: (417) 926-4111


Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home - Hartville
280 N. Main St Hartville, MO 65667
Phone: (417) 741-6127

Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home - Mansfield
209 N Lincoln Ave. Mansfield, MO 65704
Phone: (417) 924-3233

Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home - Seymour
214 W. Clinton Ave. Seymour, MO 65746
Phone: (417) 935-2244

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