Decide on time and place of funeral ceremony, if any, in consultation with clergy, reader, or other appropriate persons. Contact musicians, pall bearers, speakers, caterers, or others who may participate in the day's events.
List and notify immediate family, close friends, employer, and union. Notify lawyer, accountant, and executor or administrator of the estate.
Decide whether memorial gifts are to replace flowers. If so, include notice in the obituary/funeral notice
Prepare newspaper notice if desired. The paper is likely to want full name, age, place of birth and death, occupation, degrees, memberships, military service, outstanding work, survivors in immediate family, time and place of services, if any. The Funeral Consumers Alliance requests that the following sentence be included if acceptable: "Funeral arrangements are in charge of (name of funeral director) through membership in the Funeral Consumers Alliance of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties."
List distant persons to notify and arrange for letter or printed notice.
Keep list of calls, flowers, notes, and arrange for acknowledgment.
Make needed household arrangements, as for child care or hospitality for visiting relatives.