Funeral checklist

  • Messages of condolence to loved ones
  • Burial permit (issued by doctor)
  • Pastor, time and place of funeral, burial plot (all reserved at the parish office)
  • Arrangements with the cemetery
  • Planning the service
  • Meeting with the pastor
  • Service leaflet (to be discussed with the pastor)
  • Music (agreed with the cantor)
  • Planning the memorial gathering
  • Venue and catering for memorial gathering
  • Photograph of the departed, memorial table (e.g. picture, flowers, candles)
  • Newspaper death notice, invitations to the funeral
  • Wreath
  • Flag at half-mast (notify caretaker)
  • After the funeral: probate (official inventory of the estate)
  • Temporary cross for the grave, purchase of headstone
  • Thank you letters (and/or newspaper acknowledgements)
  • Contract for maintenance of the grave


  • Purchase and decoration
  • Choosing pallbearers (usually six male relatives or friends)


  • Purchase
  • Collection after cremation
  • Burial of ashes: when, where, with whom?
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