Preplanning Checklist

Preplanning Checklist

The following checklist will help you create your personalized plan.

Ways to Plan Ahead:



  • Gather personal information for your obituary.
  • Choose a charity to direct donations to, if desired.
  • Choose a funeral home.
  • Make note of any instructions for your services and final disposition.

Funeral Service and Final Disposition

  • Choose burial or cremation.
  • If burial or entombment choose a cemetery.
  • Select a burial plot of crypt and make arrangements for its purchase.
  • Choose locations and types of services.
  • Select a casket, if neccessary.
  • Choose a clergy member or officiator to preside over the service.
  • Choose friends or family members to perform the eulogy, read scripture, or prepare a speech.
  • Choose the clothing you’d like to be dressed in.
  • Select music and hymns, if desired.
  • Select which photographs and memorabilia you’d like to display.

Information You'll Need

Personal Information

  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s maiden name
  • Level of education
  • Social security number


  • Employment history
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Service organizations
  • Union memberships
  • Any special recognitions you have

Military Service Information

  • Branch of service
  • Discharge Papers (DD214)
  • Name(s) of war/conflict(s) toured


There’s no need to make all the decisions right away. For personalized assistance in creating your plan, contact one of our experts to schedule a one-on-one meeting.

Browning-Forshay Funeral Home
Phone: (973) 427-0800
Fax: (973) 427-7593
557 Lafayette Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ 07506

George W. Forshay
Owner/Funeral Director
NJ LIC. NO. 3330

Michael J. Firrincili
Funeral Director
NJ LIC. NO. 4096

Michael Forshay
NJ LIC. NO. 4897

Mia A. Cardi
Funeral Director
NJ LIC. NO. 5053


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