Members are encouraged to plan for their own funeral or memorial service by selecting hymns, scripture and other elements of the worship service before death occurs. Also, it is important to have ones affairs in order, especially a will. Members are invited to name the church in their wills, trusts and retirement accounts and to designate memorial gifts to the ministry of the church. The pastors are available to meet with members to discuss plans for a funeral or memorial service.
It is also wise to alert your family to where you have kept vital information. These statistics and documents will be needed at the time of your death, the writing of an obituary, and the settling of your estate. Information that will be helpful upon death: full name, address and telephone number, how long you have lived at your current address, occupation and employer, workplace address and telephone number, Social Security number, Armed Services number, birthdate and birthplace, Mother’s and Father’s names and birthplaces, full and maiden names/contact information of all immediate family members, memberships to clubs and organizations will be needed.
Important documents that family members will need upon death: Will, Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Marriage License, Pre-written Obituary, Insurance Policies, Bank Account Passbooks, Property Deeds, Vehicle Titles, Income Tax Returns, Military Discharge Papers, Disability Claims, Burial Property Certificate of Ownership, Prearranged Funeral agreements, Caring Conversations Document, Living Will.
Preparing an Advance Directive is also important if you wish to protect your autonomy should you become unable to make health-care decisions for yourself. Here are two resources to help with preparing Advance Directives.