When planning a funeral, try not to do everything yourself. Call on a family member or friend to help you make the following arrangements.
They will help coordinate arrangements with cemetery or memorial park. They will prepare the Social Security Form and see that the number is retired. They will assist in determining the number of death certificates you will need and will order them.
Relatives and Friends
Unions and Fraternal Organizations
Items to Select
Vault or Outer Container
Thank You Announcements
Time and Place for Funeral
Time and Place for Visitation
Provide vital statistics info about the deceased:
Mother's Name (including maiden name)
Social Security Number
Veteran's Discharge or Claim Number
Obituary information (for newspaper):
The funeral home will normally write the article and submit it to the newspaper)
Place of Birth
Cause of Death
List of Survivors in Immediate Family
Give Time and Place of Services
Charities for Memorial Contributions
Addresses of all people who must be notified
Arrangements for out-of-town Visitors
Additional things you will want to do:
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 list of distant persons to be notified by letter/or printed notice and decide which to send.
Locate the will and notify lawyer and executor.
Check carefully all life and casualty insurance and death benefits including social security, credit union, fraternal and military.
Check promptly on all debts and instalment payments, including credit cards. (Some carry insurance clauses that cancel balances upon death).
Notify utilities and landlord and tell post office where to send mail (if deceased was living alone).
During the funeral arrangement conference, we will ask you how many certified copies of the death certificate are needed. As part of our services, we will obtain certified copies on your behalf. Although we try to obtain the certified copies prior to the completion of the funeral service, this is not always possible. In order to assist you in ascertaining the number of certified copies needed, below is a worksheet:
The State of Colorado makes a charge of $20.00 for the first certified copy and $13.00 for each additional certified copy per order.