How to Plan a Funeral

How to Plan a Funeral

Planning a funeral is a process that many people will be tasked with throughout their lifetime. If this is the first time you’ve lost a loved one, you may be left wondering how to plan a funeral. For some people, this can be an emotionally stressful time as they may be overwhelmed with grief if the death of a loved one was unexpected. With the help of a dedicated and knowledgeable funeral director and the support of loved ones, this process can be made easier.

At Scarr Funeral Home, we have helped hundreds of families plan meaningful and memorable funeral services. Whether you are in immediate need or interested in prearranging your own service, the process is quite similar.

Listed below is our funeral checklist of the three main areas related to funeral planning:
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Funeral Related Details

  • Contact the funeral home and arrange for transportation of the body from the place of death
  • Review the deceased’s will and decide on burial vs cremation and a traditional funeral vs a celebration of life.
  • Meet with the funeral director to create and finalize funeral arrangement details.
  • Select the appropriate funeral products to help honor the deceased (casket, tombstone, urn).
  • Select music and choice of flowers for the service
  • Make note of any important details the deceased would like included in the obituary.
  • If the deceased is a military veteran, discuss whether they will they receive a military ceremony. They may be eligible for military death benefits so review this as well.
  • Discuss with friends and family who will do readings or say some remarks on behalf of the deceased
  • Select a charitable organization to receive donations in the deceased’s name.
  • Notify family and friends of the date and time for the service.

Finances and Property

  • Have the executor(s) review a list of the deceased’s bank accounts, investments, creditors, benefits, insurance policies, and any other legal or financial accounts.
  • Have the executor(s) review and notify the appropriate institutions to notify them of death and suspend payments.
  • Review the will and decide whether to delete or close any online accounts of the deceased.


  • Review the will and consult with family and friends who will take care of the deceased’s pets.
  • Ensure care for the pet until a permanent home is found.
Losing a loved one is a difficult time. You want to make sure that you choose a funeral home that will work with you to help honor and celebrate your loved one. Remember to take peace and mind knowing that most funeral directors will treat each family they serve as a part of their own. If you would like to learn more about funeral planning or work with our funeral home, please contact us today.

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