Funeral planning checklist

What to do when someone dies

  • When death occurs outside of a hospital or hospice, you must notify authorities to have death pronounced. (Call 911 if police or paramedics are not present.)
  • Make a “first call” to a Dignity Memorial® provider, who can arrange transportation of your loved one with no obligation.
  • Notify family and close friends.
  • Delegate someone to help you notify other friends and organizations and someone to care for dependents and/or pets.
  • Notify the person’s employer and inquire about pay due or benefits such as life insurance.
  • Locate the will and any pre-planned or pre-paid funeral arrangements.
  • Select funeral home, mortuary or funeral director.

Before you meet with the funeral arranger

  • Designate who will be the main point of contact.
  • Gather personal information for obituary and death certificate.
  • Gather clothing, jewelry and items that might be needed for the decedent.
  • Download our Things to Remember checklist.


To learn about the difference in services visit our funeral service page.

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Dignity Memorial® professionals are knowledgeable in the funeral and burial traditions of all faiths and cultures.

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