Pre-Planning Checklist

Rowan Funeral Services Inc. is dedicated to providing you dignified and compassionate service throughout your entire journey, and we understand that preplanning can be a challenge. Talking about death can be difficult, but we will guide you through the entire process with kindness and consideration of your every need.

Below is a list of some things to consider when planning for a funeral. If you would like to discuss anything with us, please do not hesitate to call us at (704) 637-8882 or come visit.


  • Gather personal information for your obituary
  • Choose a funeral home
  • Make note, in writing, of any instructions for your services and final disposition


  • Choose burial or cremation
  • Select a casket or cremation urn
  • Choose a location for your final resting place
  • Choose a location for your service and the type of service you want
  • Choose floral arrangements
  • Select what memorabilia and photographs you would like displayed
  • Consider any customs, traditions, or religious rites that are important to you and your family
  • Choose the clothing you would like to be dressed in
  • Select music, hymns, and readings if desired
  • Choose a theme for decorations and stationery
  • Arrange transportation for your physical remains


  • Choose a clergy member or officiator to preside over the service
  • Select musicians, if you desire
  • Select pallbearers
  • Choose friends or family members to perform the eulogy, read scripture, or prepare a speech


  • Choose a cemetery
  • Select a burial plot or mausoleum
  • Select a memorial or grave marker and inscription
  • Decide who will keep your urn
  • Decide who will scatter your ashes and where


Here’s a list of information that you will need to gather for your obituary and the funeral home.


  • Your father’s name
  • Your mother’s name, including her maiden name
  • Your level of education
  • Your social security number


  • Fraternal organizations
  • Service organizations
  • Union memberships
  • Any special recognitions you have


  • Military service
  • Branch rank
  • Date of enlistment
  • Date of discharge
  • Name(s) of war/conflict(s) toured
  • Serial number


There’s no need to make all of the decisions right away. Take your time and make the decisions that feel right to you. If you would like personalized assistance in creating your plan, contact us today at 704-637-8882 to schedule a one-on-one meeting. We can help guide you through options and make this an easier process for you and your family.

In this section

Why Plan Ahead

Pre-Planning Checklist

Pre-Arrangements Form

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