Writing and delivering a eulogy is a noble gesture that is worthy of thought and effort. It is an opportunity to make a contribution to a memorial service, a contribution that your friends and family will remember for a long time.
More than merely a "good-bye" to the deceased, this is a farewell which can, in chronological order, detail the life of the deceased. An obituary also serves as notification that an individual has passed away and details of the services that are to take place.
Before business and legal issues of the estate can be addressed, you will need certified copies of the death certificate as most agencies will not accept photocopies. Death Certificates can be obtained by your Funeral Director or directly from your local Registrar of Vital Statistics. It's a good idea to order a few more than you think you'll need.
Who to Contact
If you're responsible for making the funeral arrangements or executing the will, shock and grief can be immobilizing. Even simple decisions can be overwhelming. Here is a list of who to call.
Organ & Tissue Donation
In practice, donations cannot be carried out without the consent of next-of-kin. Advance discussion of donation with family members is just as important as signing a card. In a time of extreme stress and grief, a signed donor card and knowledge of the individual's wishes will help families make their decision about donation.
There are a lot of legal issues to cover when a loved one passes. Here is a list to help you along the process.