Preplanning Checklist

Preplanning Checklist

The following checklist will help you create your personalized plan.

Ways to Plan Ahead:



  • Gather detailed personal information for your death certificate.
  • Gather highlights about your personal story for an obituary.
  • Make note of any instructions for your services and final disposition.
  • Choose a charity to direct donations to, if desired.

Funeral Service

  • Choose burial or cremation.
  • Choose locations and types of services.
  • Consider any customs, traditions, or religious rites that are important to you and your family.
  • Select items needed for the services you would like, such as a casket, urn and vault.
  • Select which photographs and memorabilia you’d like to display.
  • Choose transportation for your physical remains and your family.
  • Choose a theme for decorations and stationery at your services.
  • Choose the clothing you’d like to be dressed in.
  • Select music and hymns, if desired.
  • Choose floral arrangements.


  • Choose a clergy member or officiator to preside over the service.
  • Select any musicians whose talents you’d like to employ.
  • Choose friends or family members to perform the eulogy, read scripture, or prepare a speech.
  • Select pallbearers.

Final Disposition

  • Choose a cemetery.
  • Select a burial lot.
  • Select a memorial or grave marker and inscription.
  • Decide where to place your urn.
  • Decide who will scatter your ashes and where.

Information You'll Need

Personal Information

  • Your full name
  • Your father’s name and place of birth
  • Your mother’s maiden name and place of birth
  • Your date of birth
  • Your place of birth
  • Your level of education
  • Your social security number
  • Your occupation and employer
  • Your military service information


  • Fraternal organizations
  • Service organizations
  • Union memberships
  • Any special recognitions you have

Military Service Information

  • DD214
  • Branch rank
  • Date of enlistment
  • Date of discharge
  • Name(s) of war/conflict(s) toured
  • Serial or service number


There’s no need to make all the decisions right away. For personalized assistance in creating your plan, contact one of our experts to schedule a one-on-one meeting. You may also download our Memorial Planning Questionnaire here to begin.

Cournoyer Funeral Home & Cremation Center
Phone: (603) 532-6484 | Fax: (603) 532-5725
PO Box 486 | 33 River Street, Jaffrey, NH  03452

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