We have found that it is helpful to begin making funeral arrangements as soon as you are able. Having the conversation now may give everyone the chance to participate. In fact, we often hear families express gratitude that these conversations took place sooner rather than later. We have also found that sometimes it is more difficult to make decisions and plan an appropriate tribute after death has occurred.
To help in planning, the following are questions you may want to consider:
Download our PDF questionnaire on funeral home preparation here.
You may want to consider placing a death notice in the newspaper. If so, you might want to consider:
Other information that will be included in a death notice:
For example, if you choose Hope Hospice, you would instruct the funeral home to use the following statement in the death notice:
“In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hope Hospice, 3356 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237.”