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 07507

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

Kristen A. Schell
Funeral Director
NJ LIC. NO. 5048

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