Funeral Guide & Checklist

Whether you are pre-planning your own funeral or making funeral arrangements for an immediate need, below is a simple funeral guide and checklist of details you will want to consider.

  1. Learn what to do when a death occurs and call the proper authorities if needed.
  2. Choose between a burial or cremation.
  3. Determine if there will be a viewing and funeral service.
  4. Find a funeral home and funeral director to conduct:
    • Embalming
    • Standard restoration and cosmetics
    • Dressing and casketing
    • Immediate cremation arrangements (if chosen instead)
  5. File a death certificate and obtain the necessary permits
  6. Buy a casket for burial or rent a casket for a funeral followed by cremation
  7. Buy a cremation urn if cremation is chosen
  8. Work with your funeral director to select a date, time and location for the viewing and visitation and the funeral ceremony
  9. Consider other important details with your funeral director:
    • Limousine service
    • Hearse
    • Motorcycle escort
    • Register book
    • Acknowledgement cards
    • Casket flower spray
    • Funeral programs
    • Video book of memories
    • DVD video tribute
  10. Contact your funeral director for information, support or grief counseling options you may need when dealing with grief.

When planning a funeral, Diehl-Whittaker Funeral Service is here to help. We can walk you through what needs to happen—from the time of death to the funeral service and more.