87 Things That Must Be Done By The Survivor

A) Secure Vital Statistics (Required for burial permit.)

  1. Name, home address and telephone no.
  2. How long in State
  3. Name of business, address and telephone no.
  4. Occupation and title
  5. Social Security No.
  6. War Veterans Serial No.
  7. Date of Birth
  8. Place of Birth
  9. U.S. Citizen
  10. Father's name
  11. Father's birthplace
  12. Mother's maiden name
  13. Mother's birthplace
  14. Religious name (if any)

B) Pay some or all of the following

  1. Family burial estate
  2. Memorials
  3. Funeral director
  4. Interment Service
  5. Clergy
  6. Florist
  7. Clothing
  8. Transportation
  9. Telephone and telegraph
  10. Food
  11. Doctors
  12. Nurses
  13. Hospitals and ambulance
  14. Medicine and drugs
  15. Other current and urgent bills (mortgage or rent, taxes, installment payments)

C) Collect Documents (Required to establish rights for insurance, pensions, social security, ownership, relationship, etc.)

  1. Will
  2. Legal proof of age or birth certificate
  3. Social Security card or number
  4. Marriage license
  5. Citizenship papers
  6. Insurance policies (life, health and accident, property)
  7. Bank books
  8. Deeds to property
  9. Bill of sale of car
  10. Income tax returns, receipts or cancelled checks
  11. Veterans discharge certificate
  12. Disability claims
  13. Memorial Park Certificate of Ownership

Decide and Arrange Within a Few Hours

  1. Burial estate location and which space to open
  2. Memorial type and inscription
  3. Casket type
  1. Clothing for deceased
  2. Vault or sectional crypt
  3. Type of service (religious, military, fraternal)
  4. Special selection from scriptures
  5. Clergy to officiate
  6. Which funeral director
  7. Place where service is to be held
  8. Time for funeral service
  9. Decide name of charitable organization to which donations are suggested in memory of deceased
  10. Providing information for eulogy
  11. Select names for pall-bearers
  12. Flowers
  13. Music
  14. Clothing for you and children
  15. Preparation at home, including food for family and guest
  16. Extra chairs
  17. Transportation for family and guests, including planning funeral car list
  18. Checking and signing necessary papers for burial permit
  19. Providing vital statistics about deceased to newspapers
  20. Providing addresses and telephone nos. for all interested people
  21. Answering innumerable sympathetic phone calls, messages, wires and letters
  22. Meeting and talking with funeral director, cemetery representative, clergy, about all details
  23. Greeting all friends and relatives who call
  24. Arranging for meeting relatives who arrive from out of state at airport or railroad station
  25. Providing lodging for out-of-town relatives
  26. Make list of callers and floral tributes sent for mailing card of thanks
  27. Arranging for special religious services
  28. Check Will regarding special wishes
  29. Order death certificate
  30. Look after minor children

Notify as soon as possible

  1. The doctor or doctors
  2. The funeral director
  3. The memorial park
  4. All relatives
  5. All friends
  6. Employer of deceased
  7. Employer of relatives not going to work
  8. Casket-bearers
  9. Insurance agents (Life & Health & Accident)
  10. Religious, fraternal, civic, veterans organizations, unions
  11. Newspapers regarding notices
  12. Attorney, accountant, or executor of estate