Pre-planning doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It is being proactive and taking a weight off of the shoulders of your loved ones. This checklist will cover each aspect of preparing your end-of-life plan.
To get started preparing an end-of-life plan, we must first get organized and prepared. Remember, you are doing the right thing. Each person involved will have peace of mind without having to scramble for answers last minute. Let’s start here:
- Prepare and keep a list of emergency contacts to notify in the case of an emergency or death. Keep this list in an area your loved ones are aware of and can easily access
- Prepare bits of information you would like included in an obituary
- Prepare a list of places you would like an obituary and memorial information published
As far as the type of burial and service you will have, you will need to think about:
- Cemetery location
- The funeral home to host the service
- Casket type
- Cremation urn type
- Vault or sectional crypt
- Service type: religious, non-denominational, military, etc.
- Readings, eulogies, and speakers for the service
- Pallbearers, music, and flowers
- Charities, if any, to benefit from donations