You know that you are mortal and that no one knows when God will call us to Himself. It is prudent to prepare for the end of life and a considerate thing to do for your family.

Notify: Doctor
  Catholic Cemeteries
  Funeral Director
  Relatives and friends
  Insurance Agents
  Union and Fraternal Organizations
Select: Cemetery property
  Funeral service
  Vault/outer container (not required)
  Thank you announcements
Provide/Know: Time and place for funeral
  Time and place for visitation
  Birthdate, age
  Names of Father and Mother
  Their birthdays and place of birth
  Social Security Number
  Veteran's Discharge or Claim Number
  Marital status, date & place of marriage
  Mother's maiden name
  Church baptized
  Cause of death
  Grandparents names
  Memberships held
  Military service
  Outstanding work
  List of survivors in immediate family
  Power of Attorney
  Charities for memorial contributions

Many people, even those who plan well for life, do very little planning for death. Lacking such planning, the occasion of death can be a time of hardship and complication for those who mean the most to us.

The prudent person plans well for his temporal and spiritual welfare, and the total welfare of those he loves. Through advanced planning, many of the temporal problems caused by death are minimized.

The selection of a family burial place before there is a death is the prudent, thoughtful way of providing peace of mind. At the time of bereavement, the need to pick out a family plot is a forced, emotional and confusing burden. It is difficult for family members to think clearly and to make a wise choice - it is unnecessary and can be avoided.

No matter how enlightened or deeply rooted in faith a family may be, death invariably brings great emotional pain and disorientation for the survivors. Christ, Himself, wept at the tomb of Lazarus, although He knew He would soon bring him back to life.
  • Find someone to help answer sympathetic phone calls, cards and letters, as well as greet friends and relatives when they call.
  • Decide appropriate memorial to which gifts may be made (church, hospice, etc.).
  • Prepare a list of persons to be notified.
  • Locate the will, notify both the lawyer and personal representative.
  • Check carefully all life and casualty insurance and death benefits, including social security for survivor benefits, credit union, fraternal and military.
  • Check promptly on all debts and installment payments, including credit cards. Some carry insurance clauses that cancel balances upon death.
  • Notify Social Security, utilities, landlord and tell post office where to send mail (if deceased was living alone).