What you choose to include is a personal matter likely to be dictated by custom, religious preference, or simply your own whims. A typical final arrangements document might include:
- whether you want your remains to be buried or cremated
- the name of the mortuary or other institution that will handle burial or cremation
- whether or not you want your body to be embalmed
- the type of casket or container in which your remains will be buried or cremated, including whether you want it present at any after-death ceremony
- the details of any ceremony you want before the burial or cremation
- who your pallbearers will be if you wish to have some
- how your remains will be transported to the cemetery and gravesite
- where your remains will be buried, stored, or scattered
- the details of any ceremony you want to accompany your burial, interment, or scattering, and
- the details of any marker you want to show where your remains are buried or interred.
For more guidance, see Planning Your Funeral or Memorial Service.