Funeral Pre-Planning Information to Have On-Hand


Planning for the loss of a loved one, or even planning your own funeral can be an extremely sensitive and delicate topic. However, it can relieve an enormous amount of stress with some pre-planning. If you keep documentation on hand with the necessary information that will be asked when you begin funeral arrangements, you and your loved ones will have peace of mind at a very challenging time.

Here is a list of suggestions you should keep handy at a minimum.

Point of contact information

  • Names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, relationship to the deceased


  • Deceased full name and maiden name
  • Spouse's full name and maiden name
  • Full name of parents, and mother's maiden name
  • Full names of children and other immediate family members
  • Name of preferred funeral home
  • Name of Clergy


  • Birth dates
  • Marriage dates
  • Military enlistment and discharge dates
  • Retirement dates


  • Cities or towns of the deceased and immediate family members


  • Deceased social security number
  • Phone number of preferred funeral home
  • Clergy phone number

Work history

Education history


  • Branch of Service
  • Place where discharge files are located
  • Conflicts and tours participated in

Religious affiliations

  • Religious denomination
  • Place of worship
  • Specific ritual requests

Other considerations:

  • Budget
  • Viewing for friends and family
  • Place of Visitation
  • Clothing and jewelry choices
  • Type of Burial: cremation, mausoleum, traditional, sea-burial, other non-traditional
  • Music and flower preference
  • Casket bearers
  • Memorials and charities

When you are ready to move forward with a pre-planned funeral, or need to begin arrangements for a lost loved one, the R.W. Baker & Company Funeral Home and Crematory is here for you. We have a convenient online form to get you started, or you can download and print the document if you prefer. Perhaps online isn't for you, so please call us at 757-539-4691 and we would be happy to speak with you.