Things to Remember for the Funeral Service

In the days before the services:

  • Inform family and friends of visitation and funeral time. Feel free to refer them to our website to view the full obituary in case they miss the newspaper notice.
  • Order flowers
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat healthy
  • Be prepared for visitors
  • Arrange for a house-sitter or babysitter, as necessary


At the Visitation and Funeral:

  • Arrive at Funeral Home 1 hour before public visitation begins
  • Inform Funeral Director or his associates of any changes to be made
  • Greet visitors as they arrive, and tell them your name and relationship. (The visitor may only have known the deceased)
  • It’s ok to take time out for rest and to eat
  • Determine who the Pallbearers will be and inform the Funeral Director
  • It’s okay to laugh and cry
  • Encourage visitors to sign the Register Book
  • Inform the Funeral Director what personal effects (jewelry, pictures, etc.) are to be left in casket and what are to be taken out
  • Meet with Funeral Director to arrange order of cars for funeral procession
  • Inform the Funeral Director of luncheon to be announced after service
  • Inform the Funeral Director of specific wishes for flower distribution
  • On the day of the funeral be at the Funeral Home or Church at least 30 minutes prior to the service
  • Immediate family should sit in front and all together if possible
  • Remain seated after the funeral until you receive instructions from the Funeral Director


After the Funeral:

  • Again, continue to get plenty of rest and eat healthy
  • Take some time off work if possible
  • Send thank you cards
  • Begin to settle the estate. Refer to our Post-Funeral Checklist and Probate Checklist for more information.