5 Things You’ll Need When Making Arrangements at Funeral Homes

When you’re preparing to take a trip down to one of the funeral homes in Rockford, IL to make funeral arrangements for a loved one, you might be confused about what you need to bring. As a result, some people don’t end up bringing anything at all and others bring way more than they need. Your specific funeral home can tell you what you should bring along. But here are 5 things that most funeral homes will require when planning out funerals.

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Your loved one’s full name

This one might seem simple enough. But before you head down to a funeral home, you should make sure you know the name used on your loved one’s legal documents. More often than not, it’ll be their full name, including either their middle name or their middle initial. This will prevent a funeral home from running into any roadblocks while putting together paperwork for your loved one’s funeral.

Clothing for your loved one

If your loved one is going to have a viewing or if they’re going to be buried, they’ll need to be wearing something appropriate when lying in their casket. A funeral home will usually request that a family bring clothing that can be placed onto their loved one’s body. Make sure that the clothing fits well and that it’s what your loved one would have wanted to be wearing during their viewing and/or burial.

Discharge papers (if your loved one served in the military)

Did your loved one serve time in the military? If so, you’ll need to prove it by bringing their discharge papers down to the funeral home. This will allow a funeral home to provide the veteran in your life with the proper sendoff. Ideally, the discharge papers should be readily accessible in your loved one’s home. But if they’re not, you can also contact the National Personnel Records Center to obtain a copy of the discharge papers.

A recent photograph of your loved one

A funeral home will need a recent photograph of your loved one for a variety of reasons. They’ll run it with the obituary they put together for your loved one. They’ll also create a display for your loved one with their photograph on it inside the funeral home for their services. They might even use the photograph on memorial cards if you order them.

A complete list of the names of your loved one’s closest survivors

When putting together an obituary for your loved one, a funeral home will list out all of their closest survivors, including family members, friends, and more. They’ll need a list of the names and addresses of the survivors to make it easier for them to create an obituary quickly. Assemble a list of anyone that you think should be included in the obituary before arriving at a funeral home for making funeral arrangements in Rockford, IL.

Planning a funeral for a loved one can be a stressful process. It’s hard to remember to bring everything you need to do it to a funeral home. Collins & Stone Funeral Home can help you when you’re planning out funeral services in Rockford for your loved one. Call us at (815) 965-1515 today to get started or visit 128 S 5th St, Rockford, IL 61104 for more information on the funeral services we offer.

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