Saturday, June 28, 2014

100 Things For The Survivor


Many of these details can be planned ahead of time.  By making these important decisions now, you can minimize the emotional strain that will be placed on your survivors.  All They’ll Need to Know is an excellent resource for providing information that will be needed.

Don’t leave your loved ones guessing…guide them now. Secure Vital Statistics (required for burial permit)
  1. Name, address and phone number
  2. How long in state
  3. Name of business, address and phone
  4. Occupation and title
  5. Social Security number
  6. War Veterans Serial Number
  7. Date of birth
  8. Place of birth
  9. US Citizen
  10. Father’s name
  11. Father’s birthplace
  12. Mother’s maiden name
  13. Mother’s birthplace
  14. Religions name (if any)
Pay some or all of the following:
  1. Family burial estate
  2. Memorials
  3. Funeral director
  4. Interment Service
  5. Clergy
  6. Florist
  7. Clothing
  8. Transportation
  9. Telephone and telegraph
  10. Food
  11. Doctors
  12. Nurses
  13. Hospitals and ambulance
  14. Medicine and drugs
  15. Other current and urgent bills (mortgage or rent, taxes, installment payments)
Collect Documents (required to establish rights for insurance, pensions, social security, ownership, relationship, etc.)
  1. Will
  2. Legal proof of age or birth certificate
  3. Social Security card or number
  4. Marriage license
  5. Citizenship papers
  6. Insurance policies (life, health and accident, property)
  7. Bank books and credit cards
  8. Deeds to property
  9. Bill of sale of car
  10. Income tax returns, receipts or cancelled checks
  11. Veterans discharge certificate
  12. Disability claims
  13. Memorial park certificate of ownership
Decide and Arrange Within a Few Hours
  1. Burial estate location and space
  2. Memorial type inscription
  3. Casket type
  4. Clothing for deceased
  5. Vault or sectional crypt
  6. Type of service (religious, military, fraternal)
  7. Special selection from scriptures
  8. Clergy to officiate
  9. Name of funeral director
  10. Place where service is to be held
  11. Time for funeral service
  12. Name of charitable organization to which donations are suggested in memory of deceased
  13. Providing information for eulogy
  14. Select names for pallbearers
  15. Music
  16. Clothing for you and children
  17. Preparation at home, including food for family and guests
  18. Extra chairs
  19. Transportation for family and guests, including planning funeral car list
  20. Checking and signing necessary papers for burial permit
  21. Providing vital statistics about deceased to newspapers.
  22. Providing addresses and telephone numbers for all interested people
  23. Answering innumerable sympathetic phone calls, messages, wires and letters
  24. Meeting and talking with funeral director, cemetery representative clergy, about all details.
  25. Greeting all friends and relatives who call
  26. Arranging for meeting relatives who call
  27. Arranging for meeting relatives who arrive from out of state at airport or railroad/bus station
  28. Providing lodging for out-of-town relatives
  29. Arranging for special religious services
  30. Check the Will regarding special wishes
  31. Order death certificate (multiple copies)
  32. Look after minor children
Notify as soon as possible
  1. The doctor or doctors
  2. The funeral director
  3. The memorial park
  4. All relatives
  5. All friends (email?)
  6. Employer of deceased
  7. Employers of relatives not going to work
  8. Casket bearers
  9. Insurance agents (life, health and accident)
  10. Religious, fraternal, civic, veterans organizations, unions
  11. Newspapers regarding notices
  12. Attorney, accountant, or executor of estate
Additional Advice
  1. Business online – user names, passwords
  2. Banking online – user names, passwords
  3. Friends online – email, passwords
  4. Distribution of personal property
  5. Advise who they can trust to advise in their absence
  6. Tell about loans receivable/bartering
  7. Know where stock certificates are located
  8. Locate “free” insurance policies from banks, credit cards, AAA
  9. Complete an Advance Directive, Do Not Resuscitate
  10. Who has access to Safe Deposit?  Where are keys?
  11. PINs for bank and other accounts
  12. Record information in something portable
  13. Discuss directions with your family
  14. Review it regularly.


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