Whether you are making arrangements following a death or as part of pre-planning, there are a number of decisions that must be made.  This checklist can help you better understand the elements of a funeral, help guide your decisions, and help you be better prepared to make the arrangements. Our ultimate goal is always to help you create a service that is meaningful, appropriate and affordable.

  • Select a funeral service location: chapel, grave site or temple?
  • Decide on the time and date of service
  • Select a cemetery for burial
  • Select a Rabbi
  • For those who are eligible, determine whether you want a military presence at the funeral
  • Determine the preparation of the deceased:
    • Traditional preparation with Tahara (Ritual Washing) and Tachrichim(Burial Garment)
    • Non-traditional with personal clothing (suit, dress, casual)
  • Determine if you would like to have a Shomer (watcher)
  • Select a casket
  • Be prepared with information for vital statistics: i.e., Social Security Number, date of birth, parents’ names.
  • Be prepared to locate Military discharge papers
  • Determine the number of death certificates you will need
  • Be prepared to provide information for death notices and possible obituary
  • Consider a synagogue, a charity or organization for donations in memory of the deceased
  • Decide on a Shiva Home or alternative location
  • Determine how many limousines will be required. (A limousine holds seven passengers)
  • Consider care for any young children or older adults who may or may not attend the service
  • Consider which family members or friends can assist in informing others of the death/funeral plans
  • Decide if you would like to order personalized acknowledgement cards
  • Be prepared to sign a contract and authorizations
  • Be prepared to decide on the method of payment for services.

Remember, we are with you all the way.  When in doubt, please do not hesitate to ask us questions.