Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

Funerals

ASAP (preferably before person dies):

  • Make arrangements to have organs donated to persons needing transplants (it’s advisable to sign a document indicating desires but it may be enough just to tell family members of desire to have organs donated)
  • Determine whether body will be buried, cremated or donated to science
  • Arrange for a cemetery plot
  • Prearrange for funeral services but don’t prepay
  • Ask for a price list
  • Expect to pay approx. $2000 for a burial, $1000 for a cremation and nothing for donating to science

If you use a funeral home:

  • Consider buying the casket from a retailer instead of from the funeral home can be much, much cheaper
  • Don’t buy a casket which will protect body from elements – body decomposes better without protection, otherwise it becomes slimy

When person has passed away:

  • Make arrangements to have organs donated (if desired)
  • Confirm whether body will be buried, cremated or donated to science
  • Arrange for, or confirm arrangements for:
    • Cemetery plot
    • Casket
    • Funeral services
    • Flowers for the service

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