PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL has always been an advocate for planning ahead regarding end-of-life. We provide the following forms to make it easy for you to be organized and prepared. Making decisions when you’re not under pressure and taking the time to fill out your funeral planning forms can save your family a tremendous amount of stress, save thousands of dollars and assure that your wishes are honored when the time comes.
A simple one-page document called a Disposition Authorization allows you to authorize your choice of cremation or burial as well as where you choose as your final resting place. Complete the form online, print, sign and keep with your important papers. Be sure to discuss your wishes with your survivors and let them know where your original documents are filed so they can present them to the funeral home at time of death.
Before any cremation or burial can take place, a death certificate must be filed with the county. To expedite that process and spare added stress on your survivors, we encourage you to also complete a Putting My House in Order Form, which contains all the death certificate info needed. This form asks for birth and family background information that your survivors may not readily know the answers to.
If you wish to name a specific person to direct your funeral arrangements, you may choose to execute a Designated Agent form. A Designated Agent is like a power of attorney for funeral arrangements. This form is useful for those who may wish to have a non-family member, such as a good friend oversee their cremation or burial arrangements. This form may be particularly important if you have no living blood relatives. It may also be useful to designate an agent if you feel that your next-of-kin may not honor your wishes or you anticipate there may be family conflict over your choice of final arrangements.
PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL has also created a Dear Family Letter which is designed to tell your next of kin what advance directives, estate plans, funeral plans, bank and retirement accounts etc. you may have. This is designed to simplify the process of handling your affairs in case you become disabled or die.
For those who wish to have PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL hold their funeral planning documents for them, we now have a Document Safekeeping Program where we will electronically scan your paperwork for a $25 fee and return the originals back to you. At time of death, the funeral home of your choice will have access to the electonric documents. This will not only simplify and expedite your funeral arrangements, it also gives you the peace of mind in knowing that your funeral documents will be accessible when needed. If you are interested in submitting your cremation or burial paperwork, please complete the Document Safekeeping form and submit to our office with your completed planning documents.
PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL Association has moved all of our consumer information to a new site under the PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL Education Fund. The URL for the consumer information site from PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL is now www.funeralinformation.org.