People's Memorial provides the following forms to make it easy for you to be organized and prepared for death. Be sure to discuss your wishes with your next-of-kin and let them know where your original documents are filed.
For in-person education about end-of-life arrangements, consider attending one of our popular Ducks in a Row workshops
Checklist of end-of-life arrangements
Disposition Authorization & Putting My House in Order
The two most important forms for making your funeral choices and sharing them with the funeral home at death. For ease, we have combined these forms.
- Disposition Authorization notes your choice of cremation or burial as well as where you choose as your final resting place. Complete the form online, print, sign and keep with your important papers. To be shared with funeral home at death. (PDF also includes Putting My House in Order).
- Putting My House in Order contains all information needed for the death certificate.
Authorize a specific person to direct your funeral arrangements. A Designated Agent is like a Power of Attorney for funeral arrangements. This form may be particularly important if you have no living blood relatives.
Dear Family Letter
Tells your next of kin what advance directives, estate plans, funeral plans, bank and retirement accounts etc. you may have.
PMA's Document Safekeeping Program
For a fee of $25, we will store your funeral planning documents electronically until your death. For a $25 fee, we will scan your paperwork and return the originals to you (or you may send us your scanned forms via email). Upon your death, next-of-kin should tell the funeral home of your choice that you are a PMA member and all paperwork is on file with PMA. Your funeral home of choice will have access to the electronic documents.
If you are interested in submitting your cremation or burial paperwork, please complete the Document Safekeeping form and submit to our office with your completed planning documents.