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Here are links to additional information to help with the administrative elements after the loss of a loved one.
- Administrative Resources
- Armed Services
- Cremation
- Funerals
- Organ Donation
- Prearrangements

Administrative Resources

Partner Sites

  • WhatFriendsDo.com
    A fantastic FREE site, the WhatFriendsDo.com webtool can help family and friends form a "Team" and respond to multiple life changing events in an organized and helpful way for those they love and care about. The site provides great ideas to help your team be there with it's understanding, love and uplifting support.

Government and State Resources

  • National Center for Health Statistics – Vital Records
    Click on the state where the death occurred and find out how to obtain a death certificate, requirements and how much it would cost. The National Center for Health Statistics compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of Americans.

  • Social Security Administration
    This site will direct you on how to report a death to the Social Security Administration. At the bottom of the page you can find a link to information on benefits. The Social Security Administration is responsible for the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs.

Nonprofit Organizations

  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
    The AARP offers checklists, articles on final details and making service arrangements. There’s a very good section on bereavement starting in the bottom half of the page. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is a nonprofit membership organization of persons 50 and older, it is dedicated to addressing their needs and interests.

Armed Services

Government and State Resources

  • Military Funeral Honors
    Find out more about military funerals, taps and eligibility. The Military Funeral Honors page is sponsored by the Department of Defense. The site offers information for the general public, funeral directors and veterans.

  • Veterans Administration
    Click on ‘Burial’ to learn more about burial benefits and military funerals. The Department of Veteran Affairs is responsible for providing federal benefits to veterans and their families.

Nonprofit Organizations

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Cremation

Government and State Resources

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Nonprofit Organizations

Funerals

Government and State Resources

  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Funerals - A Consumer Guide
    The FTC’s consumer’s guide to funerals has good consumer information about funerals and pre-planning. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) works to ensure that the nation’s markets are vigorous, efficient and free of restrictions that harm consumers.

Nonprofit Organizations

  • Directory of Cemeteries, Funeral Homes and Related Businesses
    Simply type in your city and state for businesses in your area. Also, you can find businesses in abroad. The International Cemetery and Funeral Association has more than 6,000 members in over 25 countries.

  • Funeral Consumers Alliance
    Click on ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ or ‘How to File a Funeral or Cemetery Complaint’. The Funeral Consumers Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer's right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral.

  • Funeral Consumer Guide
    Find out information on burials, cemeteries, embalming, organ donation, grief and other related areas. The International Cemetery and Funeral Association has more than 6,000 members in over 25 countries.

  • Funeral and Memorial Societies
    Scroll down and click on your state to find a society in your area. The Funeral Consumers Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer's right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral.

Organ Donation

Government and State Resources

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Organ Donation
    This site has information on organ donation options and how to become a donor. Click on ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ on the right-hand side of the page to learn more. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the principal U.S. government agency for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services.

Nonprofit Organizations

  • Coalition on Donation
    Learn more about becoming an organ donor – click on your state to find out the steps you need to take to ensure your decision to become a donor is carried out. The Coalition on Donation is a not-for-profit alliance dedicated to educating the public about organ, eye and tissue donation.

Prearrangements

Government and State Resources

  • Do I Need a Will?
    This site answers frequently asked questions about wills and legal procedures. NOTE: This information is provided by the state government of California. Laws, services and procedures vary from state to state.

  • Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?
    Everyone has personal belongings such as wedding photographs, a baseball glove or a yellow pie plate that contain meaning for them and for other family members. This web site provides people with practical information about the inheritance of personal property. The Univeristy of Minnesota Extension Service provides unbiased, research-based education as an outreach arm of the University of Minnesota.

Nonprofit Organizations

  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
    AARP’s End of Life section highlights estate planning, powers of attorney, wills and many other administrative items. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is a nonprofit membership organization of persons 50 and older; it is dedicated to addressing their needs and interests.

  • Insurance Information Institute
    This site covers life insurance basics, FAQ’s on selecting policies and buying life insurance. The mission of the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) is to improve public understanding of insurance -- what it does and how it works. It is a nonprofit, communications organization supported by the property/casualty insurance industry.
  • Nolo.com
    This commercial Web site is a good place to learn about wills, power of attorney, life insurance, and other issues regarding wills and estate planning. Nolo.com is a legal guide, which provides do-it-yourself legal solutions for consumers and small businesses.
  • Prearrangement and Prefinancing
    This article lists questions and answers about the administrative details of pre-planning arrangements. The International Cemetery and Funeral Association has more than 6,000 members in over 25 countries.




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