At-Need Checklist

At-Need Checklist

The following is a checklist for At-Need Arrangements prior to the first conference with one of our arrangements counselors.

At-Need Checklist

The following is a checklist for At-Need Arrangements prior to the first conference with one of our arrangements counselors:

Confer with Clergy

  • Discuss funeral day, place and time
  • Discuss readings and music
  • Family participation
  • Repast at church?

Arrangements Conference with Funeral Director/Counselor

  • Go over death certificate and obituary information
  • Discuss price information, select casket, vault, programs, or memorial cards.
  • Discuss and decide on funeral arrangements: day, time and place of service (To be confirmed with clergy before any arrangements are complete)
  • Discuss days of visitation prior to service; which chapel location to be used.
  • Discuss cemetery services. If the deceased is a veteran, discuss military honors at the committal service and use of flag for casket.
  • Discuss use of tribute video or picture board during visitation
  • Discuss organist for service (if at funeral home), special music during service.

Death Certificate

Information required in Michigan includes:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Job Title or description
  • Type of business or industry
  • Number years school completed
  • US Armed Forces veteran?
  • Marital status
  • Name (and maiden name) of surviving spouse
  • Father’s Name
  • Mother’s Name and Maiden Name 
  • Place of burial or entombment, or cremation

Obituary/Death Notifications

Information typically included in an obituary:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Date and place of birth
  • Military service
  • Work history
  • Church, clubs and affiliations
  • Marriage (to whom, and date)
  • Survivors, family who have predeceased
  • Memorial selection (in lieu of flowers?).
  • Check with funeral director/arranger regarding deadlines and charges for death notifications and/or obituaries in the various media, (i.e. websites, social media, television, newspapers)

Personal Items for Funeral or Memorial Service

  • Photograph for website
  • Photographs for Picture Board or Tribute Video
  • Glasses, Watch
  • Wedding Band or Wedding Set
  • Lapel Pins, Tie bar or tac
  • Earrings, Necklaces, Bracelets, Rings

Gather clothing

  • Underclothing, Stockings
  • Outer clothing (can be formal or casual)
  • Long sleeves and appropriate neckline are preferred. Please check with your funeral director if you have special requests
  • Photograph for hair
  • Does anything need to be cleaned or picked up at dry cleaners?


  • Typically need 6
  •  Do need to be physically capable of some lifting  


  • Typical arrangements that many families select:
  • Casket Spray (often from spouse or nearest survivor) (an American flag may be draped over the casket for veterans in lieu of a casket spray)
  • Table arrangement (if memorial service)
  • Matching arrangement from children
  • Grandchildren or great-grandchildren pillow or other arrangement

Paradise Funeral Chapel
PHONE: (989) 754-4826
FAX: (989) 754-3740
3100 S. Washington Avenue,
Saginaw, MI 48601

Paradise Funeral Chapel & Arrangement Services
PHONE: (517) 272-1035
FAX: (517) -272-1048
1107 East Miller Road,
Lansing, MI 48911

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