Cremation with BurialFuneral Pre-Planning Checklist

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STEP 1Begin Your Search for a Funeral Home

Search our database of over 12,000 funeral homes from the comfort of your home. Once you've narrowed your selection down by location, price and services offered, you can contact the funeral home directly to start working through the process.

STEP 1Begin Your Search for a Funeral Home

Search our database of over 12,000 funeral homes from the comfort of your home. Once you've narrowed your selection down by location, price and services offered, you can contact the funeral home directly to start working through the process.
Browse from the comfort of your home and compare funeral homes by pricing, facilities, options and reviews.
See price lists and get a funeral estimate for any funeral home for the most common types of services.

STEP 2View Online Urn Options

If you want a specific kind of earn or want your ashes spread amongst family members you may want to purchase one ahead of time? Searching online can save you time, money and could provide you with more options.

STEP 2View Online Urn Options

If you want a specific kind of earn or want your ashes spread amongst family members you may want to purchase one ahead of time? Searching online can save you time, money and could provide you with more options.
Urns can be purchased online and shipped to the address of your choice for much cheaper than most funeral homes.
Browse from a wide selection of urns available through third parties, from brass urns, urns for veterans, to bio-degradable urns.

STEP 3Choose the Type of Service

From a traditional funeral service to a scattering ceremony, there are many options when deciding what type of service you’d like (i.e., private or public viewing, a graveside ceremony, a memorial service, etc.). The best decision is that which fits you and your family the best, and a funeral director would be able to walk you through your options.

STEP 3Choose the Type of Service

From a traditional funeral service to a scattering ceremony, there are many options when deciding what type of service you’d like (i.e., private or public viewing, a graveside ceremony, a memorial service, etc.). The best decision is that which fits you and your family the best, and a funeral director would be able to walk you through your options.
Learn more about pricing and options at any funeral home using our Free Online Pricing Estimator
A funeral director at a funeral home would be able to walk you through the options they offer and help you decide what works best for you and your family's needs.

STEP 4Choose the Location for the Service

A funeral home is common for a traditional burial, but depending on the type of service you decide on (e.g., a memorial service or ash scattering ceremony), choosing a unique location that reflects your loved one’s specific interests, such as a lake, a church, or a garden is a memorable way to personalize the service.

STEP 4Choose the Location for the Service

A funeral home is common for a traditional burial, but depending on the type of service you decide on (e.g., a memorial service or ash scattering ceremony), choosing a unique location that reflects your loved one’s specific interests, such as a lake, a church, or a garden is a memorable way to personalize the service.
Ask Family and Friends
Ask loved ones for some ideas to help you choose the best and most fitting place.
Check Availability
If you are planning to hold the ceremony in a public space or in any alternative location, make sure to research ahead of time to find out availability and if there are any restrictions on the intended use of the location.

STEP 5Plan the Service

Once you’ve chosen the type of service and the location, you can start planning the ceremony itself. Things to consider and incorporate may include readings (such as prayers, poems or other readings), music (live or recorded), pallbearers, eulogists and other speakers, and memorial videos, to name a few.

STEP 5Plan the Service

Once you’ve chosen the type of service and the location, you can start planning the ceremony itself. Things to consider and incorporate may include readings (such as prayers, poems or other readings), music (live or recorded), pallbearers, eulogists and other speakers, and memorial videos, to name a few.
We've compiled a short list of some beautiful, popular non-religious readings to help you start thinking of what sort of readings you may like.
Here is a selection of popular funeral songs. We hope they inspire you and help you through this journey.

STEP 6Consider Life Insurance Options

A life insurance policy can help you ensure that your loved ones are financially protected after you pass away. Not only can it be used to cover final expenses, but it can help replace your income or be used as inheritance for a loved one. A life insurance payout is available immediately when you pass, which is another reason it is a popular tool for protecting loved ones.

STEP 6Consider Life Insurance Options

A life insurance policy can help you ensure that your loved ones are financially protected after you pass away. Not only can it be used to cover final expenses, but it can help replace your income or be used as inheritance for a loved one. A life insurance payout is available immediately when you pass, which is another reason it is a popular tool for protecting loved ones.
Learn about your options by getting a commitment-free quote when you answer a few questions online.
It's never too late to take the time to make sure your loved ones will be protected.

STEP 7Choose the Final Resting Place

The final resting place is an important decision and there are many options to consider. For burials, you can choose a private cemetery, a veteran’s cemetery or other private property. For scattering cremated remains, choose a place that is special to or reminds you of your loved one, such as the ocean, a park, or on private property (with permission). Memorial reefs, space, and keepsake jewelry are also popular final resting places for cremated remains.

STEP 7Choose the Final Resting Place

The final resting place is an important decision and there are many options to consider. For burials, you can choose a private cemetery, a veteran’s cemetery or other private property. For scattering cremated remains, choose a place that is special to or reminds you of your loved one, such as the ocean, a park, or on private property (with permission). Memorial reefs, space, and keepsake jewelry are also popular final resting places for cremated remains.
Memorial reefs are an eco-friendly and beautiful alternative resting place for cremated remains.
For those who wish to keep your loved one’s remains close by, you can browse our selection of keepsake jewelry.

STEP 8View Online Grave Marker Options

Once you have decided on the final resting place, you'll have some time to order a headstone or other type of grave marker. The grave marker will have to be shipped to the cemetery or final location of your choosing, so make sure to have the delivery address available when purchasing.

STEP 8View Online Grave Marker Options

Read our article ``Choosing a Headstone`` for some helpful tips to guide you through the process.
Buying a grave marker online can save you money. Online reviews are a good way to make sure you are buying the best quality for the best price. If you choose to purchase one through a cemetery or funeral home, browsing online first can help you know what to look for.

STEP 9Download Our Complete Funeral Planning Guide

Our Funeral Planning Guide PDF covers a wider range of information such as additional tasks for planning a funeral as well as information on how to wind down your loved one's estate and affairs.

STEP 9Download Our Complete Funeral Planning Guide

Our Funeral Planning Guide PDF covers a wider range of information such as additional tasks for planning a funeral as well as information on how to wind down your loved one's estate and affairs.
Knowing where to begin is often the hardest part. Use our guide as a reference, so you can spend more time with loved ones and less time searching for answers.
Our guide is thorough, covering everything from securing the property to closing accounts, with links to in-depth articles and helpful resources at your fingertips.

STEP 10Help Loved Ones

Once you have made your plans, you should store important documents, such as your will, marriage and birth certificates, military records, life insurance policies, estate planning documents and a copy of your funeral plans somewhere where loved ones can easily find them.

STEP 10Help Loved Ones

Once you have made your plans, you should store important documents, such as your will, marriage and birth certificates, military records, life insurance policies, estate planning documents and a copy of your funeral plans somewhere where loved ones can easily find them.
Having these documents on hand will make things easier for your loved ones when the time comes.
It’s never too late to get your affairs in order. Whether you choose to draft them yourself online, or have an attorney draft them, now is a good time to make sure you protect what matters.

STEP 11Create an Estate Plan

Protect what matters. Make a plan for what happens to your assets and any minor children in the event of your death or incapacity. If your estate is relatively straightforward, you can draft your legal documents online by answering a few questions. For more complicated estates, consulting an estate attorney is recommended.

STEP 11Create an Estate Plan

Protect what matters. Make a plan for what happens to your assets and any minor children in the event of your death or incapacity. If your estate is relatively straightforward, you can draft your legal documents online by answering a few questions. For more complicated estates, consulting an estate attorney is recommended.
It's never too late to get your affairs in order. Contact a local estate attorney today using our partner NOLO's free attorney search.
You can always create a plan and change it later. Many are caught off guard and don't have the time to prepare one. Knowing you have a properly prepared plan in place will give you and your family peace of mind

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