Ashton Funeral Home

How To Plan A Funeral

Things to consider when planning a funeral
or preparing for an arrangement conference

You may already know that when a death occurs, there are many decisions to be made and numerous facts and documents to be gathered. Here we will give you some suggestions to help you through the planning process.

Funeral Farewell

Planning a meaningful tribute to a unique life

How to celebrate a life. To prepare for our conference, please take a few moments apart to think about how you remember your loved one, and how he or she might want to be remembered. What was their favorite book, movie, song or place? What inspired them? What made him or her different from other people? What did you especially love about this special person?

What did you especially love about this special person?

Gathering, paying tribute and cherished keepsakes. We will spend time helping you decide what type and where you might hold the funeral services, what the elements of the service will be, musical selections, readings, videos, printed material and displays of photos, collections or personal items, and other ways of remembering your loved one.

Many people wish to pay tribute to their loved one by directing donations to a special cause. If you wish, we will help you think of a fitting tribute.

What we will discuss at the arrangement conference

When you are ready, we will contact you to set up a meeting time, either in your home or at the Ashton Funeral Home. During our conference we hope you will ask any questions or concerns you have. We want to help you create a tribute to your loved one that you will remember warmly as the years go by.

Burial and cremation arrangements. If you choose a traditional burial or entombment in a mausoleum, you will need to select a space and a memorial or monument that fittingly memorializes your loved one. If you have already arranged these choices, please have the information on hand.

If you choose cremation, you can still plan a viewing and funeral service. You will also be able to choose from a range of options including burial, inurnment in a mausoleum or columbarium, cremation memorials and keepsake items.

Whatever your preferences, we will be sure to explain all of the arrangement options available to you and to answer all of your questions.

Share important information with us. To help you plan a fitting memorial, we will ask you to gather special memories and favorite family stories about your loved one. What were his or her favorite passtimes or hobbies? What kind of music did they enjoy? From years of experience we know that, as you share your memories with us, ideas for how to personalize your loved one’s funeral will emerge.

Confirm the arrangements. Together, we will finalize the service details and confirm the decisions you have made.

How else can we assist you? The Ashton Family will remain at your side throughout the funeral events and will remain available to you in whatever capacity we can. We will follow up with you in the near future to be sure you are on the road to hope and healing.

Information to gather

HearseBecause our services include preparing and filing the official death certificate and helping you prepare an obituary, we will need you to gather the information listed below.

  • Full legal name
  • Home address
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s maiden name
  • Veteran’s discharge papers (DD-214)
  • Highest education
  • Occupation
  • Place of burial (if applicable)
  • Survivors (name and relationship)
  • Clergy name and phone number
  • Several photographs
  • Clothing
  • Insurance policies