Funeral Planning Checklist

Funeral Planning Checklist

The following checklist will help you create your personalized plan.

What to consider in advance:


When considering funeral services

  • Select final disposition: burial or cremation.
  • Select a casket, or cremation container and urn.
  • Select a cemetery and purchase property, if burial of casket or urn.
  • Select photographs and memorabilia to display.
  • Consider customs, traditions, or religious rites important to you and your family.
  • Select locations and types of services.
  • Select music and hymns.
  • Select floral arrangements.
  • Select clothing.
  • Arrange transportation for your family.

Death Notice (Obituary)

  • Gather personal information including list of survivors.
  • Select a charity where to direct donations, if desired.
  • Decide where to publish (local or out-of-town newspaper, or simply on www.CollinsFuneralHome.com)
  • Photograph to be published, if desired.

Participants in funeral services

  • Select your preference of an officiant (clergy) to preside over the service.
  • Select musicians (organist, pianist, bagpiper, etc…)
  • Select vocalist, soloist, cantor
  • Select pallbearers - traditionally family or friends.
  • Choose friends or family members to read from scripture or offer a remembrance.

Vital Information You Need to Provide

Personal Information

  • Full legal name and home address
  • Social security number
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Father's name (First Middle Last)
  • Mother's name (First Middle Maiden)
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Highest level of education achieved
  • Occupation and Industry
  • Military discharge papers, if applicable

You may fill out our ONLINE FUNERAL PLANNER to begin providing this information.

Military Service Information from Honorable Discharge (Form DD-214)

  • Branch of service
  • Rank
  • Date and place of enlistment
  • Date and place of discharge
  • Serial or service number


There’s no need to make all decisions right away. For personalized assistance in creating your plan, call (301) 593-9500 to speak with one of our professional funeral directors to schedule a one-on-one meeting.

Parking Announcement:
We are pleased to offer our families and visitors complimentary valet parking.
Please take advantage of this free amenity and refrain from parking in the surrounding neighborhood streets.

Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, Inc.
Phone: (301) 593-9500 | Fax: (301) 593-6551
500 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring, MD 20901

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