There’s a lot that goes into planning a funeral, but making those arrangements beforehand gives you time to consider all of your options and make sure that you’re covering all of the necessary details.

Vital Statistics

This includes your father’s name, your mother’s maiden name, your level of education, and your social security number.


This includes fraternal, service, or union membership, along with any special recognitions you might have. In addition, all of your friends and relatives who should be notified in the event of your passing


If you’re a veteran, you will need to include your military service, branch rank, date of enlistment, date of discharge, name(s) of war/conflict(s) toured, and serial number

Ways in which you can plan ahead:

Funeral Service

  • Gather personal information for your obituary
  • Choose a charity to direct donations to, if desired
  • Choose a funeral home
  • Make note of any special instructions you desire for your services and final disposition
  • Choose burial or cremation
  • Select a casket or cremation container
  • Choose the location and type of service
  • Decide whether you’d like to have a viewing or visitation
  • Choose a floral arrangement


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


  • Choose a cemetery
  • Select a burial or cremation plot, or a mausoleum, if appropriate
  • Decide between above- and below-ground burial
  • Select a memorial or grave marker and inscription

Let’s Get Started

Please call us at 412-364-0510 to set up an appointment to discuss pre-planning with a caring professional. Our Simple Pre-Planning Form is designed specifically to provide you with an alternative way of considering funeral arrangements at your time of need.

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