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Writing Down Your Wishes
If you want any type of after-death service, you can help loved ones by writing down your preferences.

Consider the following details as you write out your plans:

·   the location of the gathering or service

·   who should be invited -- for example, should it be private (for invited family and friends) or public (open to anyone who wishes to attend)

·   who should facilitate any ceremonies

·   who should speak at the service or say the eulogy, if you want one

·   whether your body will be present in a casket and, if so, whether the casket should be open or closed

·     any specific clothing or jewellery in which you wish your body to be attired

·     who you would like to serve as pallbearers, if necessary

·     whether you would like a picture or other items displayed with (or instead of) your remains

·     special music, readings, food or drink, or other details

 whether you want to direct survivors to send flowers or memorial donations

This may also be a good time to make some obituary notes for your survivors. Consider writing down:

You may also want to select a photograph to include or describe the newspapers or magazines where you would like your obituary published.