Funeral ArrangementThings to Consider When Making Funeral Arrangements.  It is Never Easy. Never.

Whether you are making arrangements following a death or as part of preplanning, 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 prior to meeting with one of our directors. Our ultimate goal is always to help you create a service that is meaningful, appropriate and affordable.

  • Burial or Cremation?
  • Do you already have a cemetery plot? If not, you will need one before finalizing any kind of service arrangements.
  • Decide on the location of the service: funeral home chapel, cemetery or synagogue?
  • Decide on the time and date of the service.
  • Select a Rabbi and/or Cantor. (if you prefer not to have one – it is helpful to designate someone as the “point person”)
  • Determine the preparation of the deceased:
    • Traditional preparation with Tahara (Ritual Washing) and Tachrichim (Burial Shroud)
    • Non-traditional with personal clothing (suit, dress, casual)
    • Shomer (watcher)
  • For those who are eligible, determine whether you want a military presence at the cemetery.
  • Select a casket or urn.
  • Be prepared with important statistics that are required for a death certificate.
  • Determine the number of death certificates you will need.
  • If you choose military honors, you will need to provide copies of military discharge papers to the director.
  • Determine how many limousines you will need (each limousine holds 7 passengers).
  • Consider a synagogue, charity or organization for donations in memory of the deceased.
  • Will there be a traditional eulogy? And if so, who will present it?
  • Will you have a time in the service where people can share memories of your loved one?
  • If there is to be a burial, will it be private, or open to all who choose to come?
  • Decide on whether you want an obituary in the newspaper; on our website?
  • Consider care for any young children or older adults who may or may not attend the service (or continue onto the cemetery).
  • Are there close personal friends or business partners you’d wish to have service responsibilities?
  • Decide if you will be observing shiva (location, dates & times) and share this information with your director.
  • Be prepared to sign a contract and authorizations.
  • Be prepared to decide on the method of payment for the services you choose.