Funeral Planning Worksheet

To assist you in compiling all of the helpful and necessary information while making funeral arrangements, we've provided a list of items we will be addressing together. You may download the list for printing as well.

Certified Copies of Death Certificates

Many services, agencies and businesses will ask you to furnish Certified Copy of Death Certificate when settling the affairs of your loved one. We have created a list of instances where an original form is likely required. Additional copies may be ordered in the future; however, it can often take several weeks to receive them. We recommend families order some extra copies at the outset to ensure enough of original certified copies are on hand for future needs that could arise.

Certified Copies of Death Certificates

Making notifications after a death is an extremely important step for Executors and Survivors of the deceased Timely notification can help protect against identity theft and preserve your right to collect certain benefits. Many of these notifications are time sensitive and need to be followed up with a hard copy notice and Certified Copy of a Death Certificate after the original phone or electronic notification. The following are some important contacts to help get you started. Your Funeral Director will provide a more detailed guide at the time of the arrangement conference.

Social Security

The Social Security Administration pays a Lump-Sum Death Benefit and Survivor’s Benefits based on work credits achieved, the age and marital status of the worker and the age of their dependents.

Additional Information

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Catering and Refreshment Options

We provide a lounge area for use by our guests during visitation and before services. Regular and decaffeinated coffee is provided, and made by our staff. Tea is available by request. A vending machine is located in our south lounge. The lounges are public areas available to all families and their guests. All food and drink must remain in the lounge area (this includes family members). You may bring cookies, coffee cake or other light snacks. If you do so, food items for your family and guests should be appropriately labeled, as the lounges are public areas. We do not provide a private eating area, ice or refrigeration. The lounge closes one‐half hour before visitation concludes and at the start of funeral services. Alcohol consumption is not allowed in the building or on our grounds.

Local Catering and Food Providers

  • Panera Bread, Annex of Arlington
  • 5 West Rand Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
  • (847) 255-8533 Website
  • Breakfast baskets, sandwich trays, pastry options. Delivery available, on‐line ordering.
  • Corner Bakery
  • Northpoint Shopping Center, 470 East Rand Road, Arlington Heights, IL. 60004
  • (847) 394‐4661 Website
  • Breakfast baskets, sandwich trays, pastry options. Delivery available, on‐line ordering.
  • Jimmy Johns
  • 1299 N. Rand Rd., Arlington Heights, IL. 60004
  • (847) 398‐4700 Website
  • Box lunch or sub trays. Delivery available, on‐line ordering.

Consumer Information

Funeral and memorial Information Practical information and assistance for consumers. Includes buying guides, brochures, planning information and more.

Illinois Funeral Directors Association
The IFDA offers a wide range of information.

National Funeral Directors Association
Topics range from cremation, planning a funeral, transportation and additional information.

Federal Trade Commission
Explanation of the “Funeral Rule,” preplanning, service types, merchandise, cemetery considerations, etc.

Grief Resources

Local Support Groups

The need and timing for attending a support group varies. We have listed some local support groups that may help you through some difficult times. If individual counseling is more your preference, contact us and we may be able to assist in matching you with a professional.


  • Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care Bereavement Services
  • 1550 Bishop Court, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
  • Many groups available, including groups for Hispanic and Polish speaking families.
  • Information (847) 692-8884, Ask for Bereavement Dept. M-F 9:30 a – 5:00 p. or go to and visit the Grief and Loss Tab.
  • The Wheeling Pavilion Senior Center
  • Open to residents of Wheeling only; counseling available on individual basis.
  • Information: Jan Christiansen (847) 459-2671
  • Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois
  • Information Main Line general info 847-381-5599; Daniel group contact 224-770-2273
  • Grief to Hope meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005.
  • A Group for Bereavement for Loss of a Child meets the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6pm – 8pm.
  • 405 Lake Zurich Rd., Barrington, IL 60010
  • Group for Loss of Spouse or Parents – Call for dates and times.


  • Catholic Charities
  • N.W. Suburban Office, 1717 Rand Road, Des Plaines, Illinois
  • L.O.S.S. (Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide)
  • Information: (312) 655-7283

Loss of a Child

  • Compassionate Friends
  • National nonprofit, self-help support organization offering friendship & understanding to families grieving the death of a child of any age or any cause.
  • Information: (877) 969-0010, to find a local group
  • Holy Family Parish
  • 2515 Palatine Road, Inverness, IL 60067
  • “To Be Joyful” Group
  • Meetings: 3rd Wednesday Monthly
  • Information: Elaine Dobrunz 847-705-9886
  • Northwest Community Hospital
  • Northwest Suburban Pregnancy & Infant Loss support group
  • Meetings: 2nd Monday, Monthly, 7-8pm. 25 E. Schaumburg Rd., #102, Schaumburg
  • Information: Julie (847) 618-5220
  • St. Edna Catholic Church
  • 2525 N. Arlington Hts. Rd., Arl. Hts., IL 60004
  • Information: Diane Mulroy (847) 398-3362
  • Many support groups available; please call for dates and times

Widows and Widowers

  • Northwest Community Healthcare Center
  • 800 West Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
  • Begin Again
  • Meetings: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Friday’s Monthly 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Information: Mary Obey (847) 358-5863
  • Widows and Widowers Harvest Bible Chapel
  • Biblical/Soul Care goup
  • 800 Rohlwing Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
  • Information: (847) 398-7005
  • Our Lady of the Wayside
  • W.O.W. (Widows of Wayside) A social group consisting of Widows
  • Information: Muriel Banack (847) 577-9220
  • St. Raymond de Penafort
  • 301 South I-Oka, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
  • Emmaus Walk – an eight week facilitated grief support group for adults, mourning the loss of a loved one; sessions are held in the spring and fall; call for dates and times for each session.
  • Information: Sr. Valerie Kulbacki Director of Care Ministries (847) 253-8600 ext. 143. Also provides individual grief counseling.