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What to Expect When Making Final Arrangements

Published: September 6, 2021

On the days after your loved one passes, you most likely are faced with the responsibility of meeting with a funeral home and making the final arrangements. However, given the current state of emotions you are in, you probably find it a struggle just to get by.

If you feel that the shock and grief of losing someone close to you is making the easiest of tasks seem impossible to handle, you are not alone.

We’re here to help you prepare for situations such as these in any way we can. Which is why we’ve put together this short guide to help you know what to expect when meeting with a funeral home to make the final arrangements.

Who should handle the final arrangements?

This would depend on who the deceased has appointed as his or her legal representative. In the absence of a designated representative, any member of the immediate family of the deceased can make the necessary arrangements.

The representative will need to sign documents and make important decisions regarding the deceased, so if there are issues regarding the eligibility of a representative, make sure to consult with the funeral home.

Although it is only the representative who can sign the legal documents, other members of the family can also be present when making the final arrangements.

Also note that it’s OK to ask for family or friends help during this time. It’s important to have a support system and no one would expect for you to go through something like this on your own.

Even if you just need to talk, you can easily find comfort in knowing that you are not the only one going through these painful times. Virtual or in-person grief support groups can help you deal with the loss by connecting with others going through the same thing you are while providing advice when it comes to making final arrangements and so much more.

What documents need to be presented to the funeral home?

As with any major undertaking, funerals require a measure of paperwork as well. In general, a funeral home will help you file for the death certificate of your loved one as well as a Burial or Cremation permit. Below is a list of the deceased’s documents your funeral home would need for the final arrangements.

- Birth certificate (Should indicate the mother’s maiden name)

- Marriage certificate

- Military discharge papers (if any)

- Funeral pre-arrangements (if any)

- Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (if any)

- Revocable Living Trust (if any)

- Last Will and Testament & Codicils (if any)

- Life Insurance Policy (if any)

- Cemetery Deed

We understand that during this emotionally distressing period it can be very difficult to think about gathering the necessary documents, so if you haven’t secured any of the documents above yet, feel free to ask the assistance of the funeral home.

Do you need immediate help?

At Roupp Funeral Home, we make it our priority to offer assistance to those who are in immediate need of making final arrangements. If you have just lost your loved one in death and would like to speak with our funeral planning experts, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Please know that we are here to provide you with the support you need as you go through one of the most painful events in life.

You may either visit us in person at 8594 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg, PA 17844 or call us at 966-2402. Feel free to send us an email as well at

You may also download our Funeral Resource Kit for free, where you’ll find a step-by-step guide on what you need to know for planning a loved one's funeral and so much more.

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