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The passing of a loved one can be both traumatic and stressful. There are many things to do to take care of the Estate, paperwork and planning for the Funeral.
I use checklists all the time to keep me organized. Below is a helpful checklist that can serve as the starting point when you are dealing with these issues.

CHECKLIST

To Do Immediately After Death:

- Check for any written instructions for the body disposition, funeral plans and other details
- Notify funeral home (if necessary)
- Contact family, friends, and co-workers who may not be aware of the death
- Gather information for obituary and contact newspapers
- Contact deceased’s employer
- Take security precautions
  - Assign a house sitter
  - Remove valuable items from deceased’s house
  - Forward mail
  - Cancel newspapers
Remove any jewelry from deceased

Funeral Arrangements to be made:

- Select clergy
- Choose funeral home
- Decide the location of the service
- Decide on place and time of funeral service
- Inquire about special religious services
- Choose a burial container
- Choose a burial site (find burial property documentation of ownership)
- Decide either outer burial container or crypt
- Pick out clothing for the deceased (if necessary)
- Choose scripture to be read
- Choose individual(s) to read eulogies
- Pick type of flowers and music
- Choose pallbearers
- Order a funeral limousine
- Find type of religious, fraternal or military service of deceased
- Choose the memorial type and inscription
- Sign necessary papers for burial permit
- Choose a charitable organization(s) to receive donations

Facts to Find for Obituary:

- Given name
- Armed services number (if applicable)
- Date and birthplace
- Occupation and employer
- Mother’s maiden name and birthplace
- Father’s name and birthplace
- Those who have preceeded in death
- Survivors and relationship to deceased
- Hobbies, interests
- Schools attended

Other Things to Do Before Funeral:

- Meet with funeral director and clergy
- Arrange care for infants or other minor children
- Greet friends and family at service
- Meet out-of-town attendees
- Write a eulogy
- Search for special wishes included in will
- Keep a list of callers, flower tributes and donations
- Provide lodging for out-of-town attendees
- Answer phone calls and letters
- Pick out clothing for surviving spouse and children
- Prepare your home for family and friends

Documents to Locate:

- Will
- Birth certificate
- Social Security card
- Military discharge papers (if applicable)
- Insurance policies (health, life, property)
- Citizenship papers (if applicable)
- Automobile title
- Property deeds
- Marriage license
- Income tax returns (past two years)
- Disability claims (if any)
- All documents necessary for deceased’s taxes (ask your accountant)

Notify the Following:

- Attorney, accountant, executor of estate
- Cemetery and funeral home
- Family members
- Close friends
- Doctor
- All insurance agents
- Religious, fraternal, civic organizations

Bills To Be Paid:

- Funeral director
- Family burial space
- Clergy
- Interment/burial services
- Florist
- Memorials
- Funeral services
- Limousines and funeral coach (hearse)
- Refreshments
- Clothing
- Medicine and drugs
- Musicians
- Others (rent, mortgage, taxes)

Things to do after the Funeral:

- Obtain 10-15 death certificates
- Contact your local Social Security Office
- Call all possible pension or retirement services and insurance agents of descendant to inquire about death benefits

CODE OF ETHICS

Elegant Tributes is an accredited by the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board (AFSRB) and comply with the AFSRB Code of Ethics. This code is your reassurance of sincere care and professional service, particularily at a time of uncertainty and distress for grieving family and relatives.

WHY CHOOSE US

FOCUS ON MAKING YOUR TRIBUTE TO YOUR LOVED ONE UNIQUE AND PERSONAL.

Many providers are focused on selling merchandise.  We focus on making your celebration experience both meaningful and personal according to your values.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

We are wedding and event planners. We know that little details often make a big difference.

VENUES THAT ARE ELEGANT NOT CONVENIENT

A beautiful funeral is in a location that is meaningful to you not convenient to us.

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Elegant Tributes
2017 Pegasus Road NE
Calgary, AB T2E 8C3
Ph: 403-230-1333