Pre-Planning Checklist

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What are the benefits of planning funeral arrangements in advance?


Planning a funeral service ahead of time can help alleviate stress and emotional burden on loved ones after a person passes away. It also allows more time to make thoughtful decisions and ensure the service reflects the person's wishes and values. Additionally, pre-planning can save money by avoiding last-minute expenses and allowing for comparison shopping.


On the other hand, making checklists, in general, can have several benefits, including:

  1. Improved productivity and efficiency by breaking down complex tasks into smaller, manageable steps.
  2. Reduced errors and mistakes by ensuring all necessary steps were completed.
  3. Increased accountability and responsibility by assigning tasks to specific individuals.
  4. Enhanced communication and collaboration by sharing checklists with others.
  5. Better time management by prioritizing tasks and deadlines.


At Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, you can start your funeral pre-planning anytime. Our professional Funeral Directors and caring Staff are here to help you every step of the way.

Ways to Plan Ahead:



  • Gather personal information for your obituary.
  • Choose a charity to direct donations to, if desired.
  • Choose a funeral home.
  • Make a note of any instructions for your services and final disposition.

Funeral Service

  • Choose burial or cremation.
  • Select a casket or cremation container.
  • Choose locations and types of services.
  • Choose floral arrangements.
  • Select which photographs and memorabilia you’d like to display.
  • Consider any customs, traditions, or religious rites that are important to you and your family.
  • Choose the clothing you’d like to be dressed in.
  • Select music and hymns, if desired.
  • Choose a theme for decorations and stationery at your services.
  • Arrange transportation for your physical remains and your family.


  • Choose a clergy member or officiator to preside over the service.
  • Select any musicians whose talents you’d like to employ.
  • Select pallbearers.
  • Choose friends or family members to perform the eulogy, read scripture, or prepare a speech.

Final Disposition

  • Choose a cemetery.
  • Select a burial plot or mausoleum.
  • Select a memorial or grave marker and inscription.
  • Decide who will keep your urn.
  • Decide who will scatter your ashes and where.

Information You'll Need

Personal Information

  • Your father’s name
  • Your mother’s maiden name
  • Your level of education
  • Your social security number


  • Fraternal organizations
  • Service organizations
  • Union memberships
  • Any special recognitions you have

Military Service Information

  • Military service
  • Branch rank
  • Date of enlistment
  • Date of discharge
  • Name(s) of war/conflict(s) toured
  • Serial number



There’s no need to make all the decisions right away. For personalized assistance in creating your plan, contact one of our experts to schedule a one-on-one meeting.







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To help you get started on pre-planning, we made a pre-planning checklist that you can download for free. This way, you can stay organized and know you’re not forgetting any important details. The following checklist will help you create your personalized funeral plan.



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