Things Families Must Bring to Funeral Homes to Plan Services

Posted on March 15, 2021 by Amanda Gendron-Roese under Funeral Home
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Are you and your family preparing to take a trip down to one of your local funeral homes in Sarasota, FL so that you can start the funeral planning process for a loved one? Before you jump in the car and head down there, you should make sure that you bring certain things along with you. They’re going to be very important when it comes to putting funeral plans into place for your loved one. Learn about what you’ll need to bring to a funeral home to make funeral arrangements for a loved one below. 


Birth certificate, Social Security card, and other important documentation 

One of the first things that a funeral home is going to do when you approach them to help you make Sarasota, FL funeral arrangements for a loved one is obtain a death certificate. To do this, they’re going to need to have a bunch of paperwork for your loved one. They’ll also need this paperwork to do things like create an obituary for your loved one, so you should bring as much paperwork related to your loved one as you can. This should include everything from their birth certificate and Social Security card to their marriage certificate and military discharge papers (if applicable). It’s always better to bring more documentation than you need, just in case. 


Recent photograph 

A funeral home will need a recent photograph of your loved one for their obituary. They’ll also need a recent photograph if you plan on creating a display for your loved one at the funeral home. You should sift through some of the recent photos that you have of your loved one and choose one that will be appropriate for these purposes. You might want to bring several options along with you to see which ones your funeral home thinks will work best. 


Clothes for their burial or cremation 

Regardless of whether you’re going to bury your loved one or cremate them, you’re going to need to put them into the right clothing before it’s done. You and your family should think about which kind of clothing you want your loved one to be buried or cremated in and then pick out an appropriate outfit for them. Most funeral homes will give you some extra time if you want to search through your loved one’s clothing to find the best possible outfit. But you should try to get an outfit to them sooner rather than later if you can. 


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More often than not, families need to stick to some kind of budget when making funeral arrangements for their loved ones. If your family is going to need to do this, you should create a budget for your loved one’s funeral services at home and then bring it with you when you go to a funeral home. The funeral director that you work with should be able to take your budget from you and help you stick to it throughout the funeral planning process. 


Do you have any questions about what you’ll need to bring to a funeral home to plan a loved one’s Sarasota, FL funeral services? Gendron Funeral & Cremation Services Inc. can let you know what you’ll need when you call on us for help. Reach out to us today to begin planning your loved one’s burial or cremation services.

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