You know that you are mortal and that no one knows when God will call us to Himself. It is prudent to prepare for the end of life and a considerate thing to do for your family.
Notify: Doctor, Coroner, Catholic Cemeteries,Funeral Director, Clergy, Relatives and friends, Pallbearers, Personal Representative, Attorney, Insurance Agents, Financial Institutions, Union and Fraternal Organizations
Select: Cemetery Property, Funeral Service, Casket, Vault/outer container if desired, Clothing, Flowers, Music
Provide/Know: Time and place for funeral, Time and place for visitation, Birthdate, age, Birthplace, Names of Father and Mother, Their birthdays and place of birth, Social Security Number, Veteran's Discharge or Claim Number, Education, Marital status, date & place of marriage, Mother's maiden name, Cause of death, Occupation, Grandparents names, Memberships held, Military service, Outstanding work, List of survivors in immediate family, Power of attorney, Charities for memorial contributions
Many people, even those who plan well for life, do very little planning for death. Lacking such planning, the occasion of death can be a time of hardship and complication for those who mean the most to us.
The prudent person plans well for his temporal and spiritual welfare, and the total welfare of those he loves. Through advanced planning, many of the temporal problems caused by death are minimized.
The selection of a family burial place before there is a death is the prudent, thoughtful way of providing peace of mind. At the time of bereavement, the need to pick out a family plot is a forced, emotional and confusing burden. It is difficult for family members to think clearly and to make a wise choice - it is unnecessary and can be avoided.
No matter how enlightened or deeply rooted in faith a family may be, death invariably brings great emotional pain and disorientation for the survivors. Christ, Himself, wept at the tomb of Lazarus, although He knew He would soon bring him back to life.
- Find someone to help answer sympathetic phone calls, cards and letters, as well as greet friends and relatives when they call.
- Decide appropriate memorial to which gifts may be made (church, hospice, etc.).
- Prepare a list of persons to be notified.
- Locate the will and trust documents, notify both the attorney and personal representative.
- Check carefully all life and casualty insurance and death benefits, including social security for survivor benefits, credit union, fraternal and military.
- Check promptly on all debts and installment payments, including credit cards. Some carry insurance clauses that cancel balances upon death.
- Notify Social Security, utilities, landlord and inform post office where to send mail (if deceased was living alone).