Collins Funeral Home Norwalk CT

The Arrangement Meeting

The arrangement meeting generally takes about an hour. Any family or friends you wish to invite for support are welcome. At the arrangement meeting, our funeral director will assist you with the necessary details of the funeral preparation process. This may include:

1. Asking all the vital statistics questions required by the state for legal filings

2. Choosing the funeral services and merchandise

3. Drafting newspaper obituaries

4. Obtaining signatures and any authorizations necessary for the services you choose

5. Discussing any details requiring follow up answers.

It may be helpful to print the following forms to review before the arrangement process and to bring with you:

Arrangement Questionnaire

Obituary Instruction Template

Arrangement Checklist

It is also helpful if you bring in such items as:

  • A recent photograph of the deceased
  • Clothing (including shoes and underclothes) to be used
  • Military discharge papers
  • Deeds to Cemetery Property
  • A list of questions to ask us

Please don 't worry if you do not have all the information and items to bring to the meeting. It is rare that someone does. We will work with you and can offer help if there is information you can 't find answers to.

Around the arrangement meeting, the funeral director's main function is to assist you in the background with the necessary details of the funeral process. Among the services funeral directors provide are:

  • Arranging funeral plans
  • Securing necessary permits and death certificates
  • Care and custody of the body
  • Coordinating all details with the clergy
  • Arranging the music you have selected
  • Placing obituary and funeral notices in newspapers
  • Assisting in arranging for burial or cremation
  • Assisting in arrangements for cemetery space, grave opening and closing, flowers and monuments
  • Arranging transportation for you and the members of your family prior to, during, and after the funeral
  • Supervision of the funeral or memorial service
  • All necessary arrangements for transportation, funeral service, and burial if the deceased is to be sent to a distant location

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