Our deepest condolences to your recent loss. At this time, you should rely on your trusted funeral director for professional guidance through the funeral planning process. Use your upcoming arrangement conference to address your questions and concerns. In the meantime, continue reading to learn what you need to know about arrangement conferences, including what to bring, what will be discussed, and more.
Knowing what to expect and how to prepare for your arrangement conference can greatly relieve the emotional stress and strain of planning a funeral during your time of grieving.
After the Loss of a Loved One
When a family loses a loved one, the funeral planning process general begins with an arrangement conference. An arrangement conference is a meeting between the family (or next of kin) of the deceased and the funeral director. Its purpose is to discuss arranging a burial, cremation, funeral, and/or memorial service. This conference can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours, depending on the extent and complexity of the preferred funeral arrangements.
At an arrangement conference, many details will be discussed, and many decisions will have to be made. From there, the funeral directors organize and arrange all the plans according to preference. The majority of the conference will be used to transfer information to the funeral director, while the rest of the time is mostly dedicated to discussing which services the family would like for the deceased.
This many include burial options, casket and urn options, memorial ceremonies, plots, headstones, obituaries, flowers, music, and more. The end of the meeting will be used to discuss payment and financing options, as well as, any questions or concerns the family has about anything discussed.
Important Documents and Information You’ll Need
There are many documents and personal information that will need to be provided by the family (or next of kin) of the deceased. Without these pieces of information, the funeral home may not be able to provide their services to your standards.
WHAT TO BRING OF THE DECEASED:
⚋ Social Security Card (or number)
⚋ Drivers’ License
⚋ Relevant Insurance Policy
⚋ Military Discharge Papers and/or Certificates
⚋ Recent Photograph for Identification
⚋ Obituary Photograph
⚋ Change of Clothing for Viewing or Burial
⚋ Digitally Formatted Obituary
STATISTICAL INFORMATION TO GIVE:
⚋ Date of Birth
⚋ City/State of Birth
⚋ Parents’ Full Names
⚋ Mother’s Maiden Name
⚋ Spouse’s Full Name and Maiden Name
⚋ Decedent’s Address