City of Olathe, KS

738 N. Chestnut
Olathe, KS 66051
Telephone: (913) 971-5226
Email: bnilges@olatheks.org

Pre-Planning Checklist

Pre-planning your funeral should be a natural part of life because it provides the opportunity to make end-of-life decisions. Contact us for additional information.


Laying the foundation for a thoughtful funeral plan for you or a loved one takes a bit of time; however, pre-planning is time well spent.

  • Prepare a contact list of individuals who should be notified in a medical emergency or death.
  • Write an obituary or simply jot down information you would like included.
  • Decide where obituary and memorial information should be published.
  • Select service and burial options considering the following:
    • Cemetery lot location
    • Casket type or cremation urn type
    • Vault or sectional crypt
    • Type of service: religious, military, non-denominational, or fraternal
    • Funeral home you designate to care for you
    • Pallbearers, music, flowers, scripture or other readings
    • Speakers and eulogies
    • Organization(s) or church(es) to benefit from memorial donations

Arrange and Delegate

The people who know and care about you will be there when you need them. Provide them with instructions, important financial details and relax.

  • Give your executor a copy of your will. Safety deposit boxes are often opened during the estate settlement process, long after the funeral. Any funeral planning documents therein are of no assistance to your executor at that time.
  • Provide your representative has a list of important account information or telephone numbers for retirement plans, insurance policies, investments, bank accounts, safe-deposit boxes, properties, preferred law and accountant firms and mortuaries.
  • Remind your representative to contact the Social Security Administration if you are receiving benefits.
  • Designate a power of attorney to access information, assist with decisions and ensure compliance with living will directives.
  • Designate a representative to cancel telephone, utilities, and subscriptions.
  • Make arrangements for pets to find a new home.
  • Contact us for additional information or assistance.

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