Traditional BurialFuneral 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 2Purchase a Casket

Did you know all funeral homes must accept caskets purchased from a third party? Buying a casket online can save you thousands of dollars and give you more options. If you choose to go through a funeral home, we recommend doing some research online so you know your options and what to expect.

STEP 2Purchase a Casket

Did you know all funeral homes must accept caskets purchased from a third party? Buying a casket online can save you thousands of dollars and give you more options. If you choose to go through a funeral home, we recommend doing some research online so you know your options and what to expect.
Caskets can range from $500-$10,000 making it the single biggest cost when planning a funeral. Here are some tips on what to look for when buying a casket.
It's easy. Just tell the funeral home that you will be purchasing the casket from a 3rd party. Ask for the delivery address and the date it should be delivered and then place your order. Most of the caskets we offer online can be delivered within a few days, if not earlier, but check their delivery window to confirm.

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 6Create a Free Online Memorial

Start an online memorial where you can share an obituary, pictures, and memories of your loved one, and where attendees can RSVP to events, send condolences and easily send flowers to an address you choose.

STEP 6Create a Free Online Memorial

Start an online memorial where you can share an obituary, pictures, and memories of your loved one, and where attendees can RSVP to events, send condolences and easily send flowers to an address you choose.
Have a place to share memories with friends and family, as well as important event and funeral information with attendees.
The Tribute Page can be created in a few minutes and you can go back and edit anytime.

STEP 7Choose Flowers for the Service

Browse a large selection of beautiful wreaths, sprays, baskets, hearts and casket sprays online. Online flower orders are fulfilled through FloristOne and are locally-sourced with same-day delivery available.

STEP 7Choose Flowers for the Service

Browse a large selection of beautiful wreaths, sprays, baskets, hearts and casket sprays online. Online flower orders are fulfilled through FloristOne and are locally-sourced with same-day delivery available.
There are a variety of different floral display options for a funeral service. See our article for more information.
Get beautiful, locally-arranged flowers, with same-day delivery on all orders placed before 1 PM in the shipping time zone.

STEP 8Customize and Order Funeral Stationery

Funeral stationery can include a number of items, including announcements, thank you cards, programs, prayer cards, memorial bookmarks and guest books. These items can be easily customized and ordered online.

STEP 8Customize and Order Funeral Stationery

Funeral stationery can include a number of items, including announcements, thank you cards, programs, prayer cards, memorial bookmarks and guest books. These items can be easily customized and ordered online.
From programs to thank you cards, see our article for more information on the various types of stationery commonly used for a service.
Order online through our shop or visit one of our partners for more custom and digital options. Click the icon to learn more or start browsing.

STEP 9Choose 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 9Choose 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 10View 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 10View 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 11Download 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 11Download 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.

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