There are very few people who want to think about dying and yet a pre-planned Funeral or Celebration of Life Ceremony is truly a beautiful gift.
By documenting your wishes ahead of time your family will have the information they will need to grieve without the stress and pain of having to make many, many difficult decisions in haste.
Completing a Funeral Pre-planning Checklist, or attending a Pre-Planning Workshop, with Turning Points is easy to do and will be a gift that, when your time comes, will be truly appreciated. For over 20 years I have worked with people, just like you, to create truly personalized Ceremonies that Celebrates their Life. I offer the following guide as my gift to you. This guide is not an exhaustive list.
Did you Know?
49% of Deaths in Canada
are Sudden and Unexpected?
-Select a Funeral Home
-Decide on Burial (Embalming or not, Type of Casket)
-Cremation (Cremation Container, Urn, Placement of Ashes)
-Celebration of Life, Funeral or No Service (Religious or Civil, Location of the Service, Information for Life Highlights or Tribute, Readings, Music, Power-point Presentation, Identify Favourite Flowers, Consider Names of Pall Bearers, Identify Charitable Organization(s), Consider Catering Costs)
-Begin a List of People to Notify
-Decision on Final Resting Place (Burial, Crypt, Mausoleum, Columbarium, Memorial Stone or Plaque)
-Gather Vital Statistics for Death Certificate
-Funeral Home Services *which includes, but not limited to, the following:
Cemetery Property, Interment Costs, Casket, Cremation & Container, Transportation of the Deceased, Travel Insurance Plan, Facility for Service & Reception, Memorial Plaque or Stone
-Meet with: Celebrant, Funeral Director
-Contact: Family and Friends, Employer (If any), Executor of the Estate, Caterers
-Review the Will for Special Wishes
-Choose clothing/jewelry for the deceased
-Contact: Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Past Employers Pension Departments, Financial Institutions, Investment Companies, Insurance Companies, Reward Points Programs, Credit Bureau
-Attend to Property & Vehicle Deeds
-Pay Mortgage or Rent Payments
"The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity"
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
"I intend to live forever, or die trying."
- Groucho Marx