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Your Checklist for Funeral Pre-Planning

Your Checklist for Funeral Pre-Planning

Your Checklist for Funeral Pre-Planning

We understand that no one likes to think about their death. However, many of our customers feel peace of mind after buying cemetery headstones (or other memorials) because it puts them in control of how they want their legacies remembered. Buying a pre-need headstone or monument also helps relieve the burden on loved ones after you’re gone. As a monument dealer, we have plenty of experience creating meaningful memorials.

Feel free to print out this funeral pre-planning checklist and share it with loved ones so they’re aware of your final wishes. We highly recommend meeting with our team to create a pre-need cemetery headstone or monument so you can have peace of mind.

Funeral Pre-Planning Checklist

Types of Cemetery Memorials

Grave marker

A grave marker sits flat against the ground, making it easy to maintain. Many people choose cemetery markers because they are affordable, yet can be customized like upright headstones.

Headstone

Headstones are stone slabs (typically made of granite) that sit perpendicular to the ground and are engraved with the decedent’s name, birth date, and death date. Headstone designs can also include engravings and meaningful quotes to honor a decedent’s memory.

Monument

Like the name suggests, cemetery monuments are monumental or big. While monuments can share the same shape as headstones, they can also be customized to be a statue that captures a person’s essence. For example, some gravesites are guarded by lion or guardian angel statues.

Cremation Urn

An urn is essentially a vase used to hold the cremated remains of the decedent. Urns can find their final resting places in homes, places that were meaningful to the deceased, or cremation niches in mausoleums.

Headstone/ Monument Designs

If you’re interested in a memorial or upright headstone, take this opportunity to jot down a few details that are important to you. We highly recommend meeting with our team so you can create a memorial that best honors your life and legacy.

For more information, check out our blog post on how to choose headstone designs and schedule a time to meet with our monument dealers.

  • Material: ____________________________________________________
  • Color: ______________________________________________________
  • Engraving(s): ________________________________________________
  • Portrait: _________________________________________________
  • Epitaph: ____________________________________________________
  • Other details: ________________________________________________

Location for Funeral or Memorial Service:

  • 1st Choice: _______________________________
  • 2nd Choice: ______________________________

Officiant for Funeral or Memorial Service:

  • 1st Choice: _______________________________
  • 2nd Choice: ______________________________

Type of Service

  • Funeral service > graveside service or service at crematory > burial or cremation
  • Funeral service > burial or cremation
  • Graveside service or service at crematory > burial or cremation
  • Memorial service after burial or cremation
  • Funeral service in own home

Other Funeral Events

  • Viewing before funeral
  • Visitation before funeral
  • Wake before funeral
  • Reception or gathering after funeral or memorial service
  • Observe my religion’s mourning events

Other Important Details: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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We’ve been faithfully serving families since 1893. Our compassionate staff can help you leave your legacy in stone so your loved ones can keep memories of you close to their hearts. To learn more about our headstones for sale, call Black Monument in Grand Rapids at (616) 452-7802.