Time of Death Checklist

Here is a useful checklist of 85 things that must be done by the survivor.
* Indicates details that can be planned or prepaid ahead of time.

Secure Vital Statistics
(Required for burial permit)

1. Name, home address and telephone number*
2. How long in state*
3. Name of business, address and telephone number*
4. Occupation and title*
5. Social Security Number*
6. War Veterans Serial Number*
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)*

Pay Some or All of the Following

15. Family burial estate*
16. Memorials*
17. Funeral Director*
18. Interment Service*
19. Clergy
20. Florist
21. Clothing
22. Transportation
23. Telephone and telegraph
24. Food
25. Doctors
26. Nurses
27. Hospitals and ambulance
28. Medicine and drugs
29. Other current and urgent bills (mortgage or rent,
taxes, installment payments)

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

30. Will*
31. Legal proof of age or birth certificate*
32. Social Security card or number*
33. Marriage license*
34. Citizenship papers*
35. Insurance policies (life, health and accident, property)*
36. Bank books*
37. Deeds to property*
38. Bill of sale of car*
39. Income tax returns, receipts or canceled checks*
40. Veterans discharge certificate*
41. Disability claims*
42. Memorial Park Certificate of Ownership*

Decide and Arrange Within a Few Hours

43. Burial estate location and which space to open*
44. Memorial type and inscription*
45. Casket type*
46. Clothing for deceased*
47. Vault or sectional crypt*
48. Type of service (religious, military, fraternal)*
49. Special selection from scriptures*
50. Clergy to officiate*
51. Which funeral director*
52. Place where service is to be held*
53. Time of funeral service
54. Choose a charitable organization to which donations are suggested in memory of deceased*
55. Provide information for eulogy
56. Select casket-bearers
57. Select Flowers
58. Select Music*
59. Choose clothing for you and minor children
60. Make preparation at home, including food for family and guests
61. Extra chairs
62. Arrange transportation for family and guests, including planning funeral car list
63. Check and sign necessary papers for burial permit
64. Provide vital statistics about deceased to newspapers*
65. Provide addresses and telephone numbers for all interested people*
66. Meet with funeral director, cemetery representative clergy, to discuss all details
67. Arrange to meet relatives who arrive from out of town or state
69. Provide lodging for out of town relatives
70. Make list of callers and floral tributes sent for mailing card of thanks
71. Arrange for special religious services*
72. Check will regarding special wishes*
73. Order death certificate

Notify as Soon as Possible

74. The doctors
75. The funeral director
76. The memorial park
77. All relatives
78. All friends
79. Employer of deceased
80. Employers of relatives not going to work
81. Casket-bearers
82. Insurance agents (life, health, accident)
83. Religious, fraternal, civic, veterans organizations, unions
84. Newspapers regarding notices
85. Attorney, accountant or executor of estate




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