5 Documents To Prepare Before The Funeral Home

By: Schilling Funeral Home & Cremation
Monday, August 5, 2019

Preplanning for your funeral home services in Dixon, IL is one way to get ready for your eventual passing. Another way is to gather and prepare these 5 important documents so your loved ones are not left with the task all on their own after you’re gone.  

1. Healthcare Power of Attorney - A healthcare power of attorney (POA) document appoints someone to make your medical decisions for you if you ever become unable. This document is good to have in the event of any medical problems from terminal illnesses and loss of brain function to temporary unconsciousness. Choose someone you trust to be your healthcare POA. Some states require a POA to be notarized with additional witnesses, but all states require the document to be signed by all involved parties.  

2. HIPAA Release - The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) stipulate that all medical records are confidential between the patient and the healthcare provider. If you want a family member to have access to your records in case you pass away or become incapacitated, you need to fill out and sign a HIPPAA Release form. 

3. ICE Book of Important Documents - While an in case of emergency (ICE) book isn’t a formal document, it’s a major help for families to gain access to important documents when a loved one passes away or is incapacitated. Make one and keep it in a secure yet obvious place in the event of your death. Include documents in your ICE book like:  

  • Tax returns going back 5 years  
  • Bank accounts 
  • Medical and dental records 
  • Insurance information 
  • Birth certificate 
  • Social security card 
  • Important passwords  

4. Will - Your will is a document that states who will receive your assets and belongings after you pass. Wills must meet some important criteria to be valid, so it’s always a good idea to consult an attorney. Make sure your will:  

  • Clearly identifies itself as your personal will and clearly lists your name, date of birth, and social security number.  
  • Names an executor to make sure your exact wishes are carried out, from cremation to dividing the assets.  
  • Clearly lists and identifies the heirs  
  • Names all your assets, from bank accounts to estates and everything in between, and designates which heir will get what percentage of each asset.  
  • Is signed by you and two or three witnesses 

You can also draw up a living will in the event you become incapacitated in some way. Different than a POA or a will, a living will lets you lay out your end of life wishes in the event you become terminally ill.  

If you have questions about these documents, or want to learn about other ways you can prepare for your eventual passing, Schilling Funeral Home & Cremation can help. We’re an experienced Dixon, IL funeral home, and would be happy to offer our expertise. Please visit us 702 1st Ave Sterling, IL 61081, or give us a call at (815) 626-1131 today.  

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Designing Headstone Tips

When you’re making funeral home arrangements in Fulton, IL one decision you’ll have to make is how to mark the memorial or grave site. One of the most common types of grave markers is a headstone. ...

Grief Myths and Cremation Services

Most people don’t understand grief at all even though everyone will experience grief after a cremation service in Amboy, IL at some point. Here are some of the most common myths about grief and the...

Care Packages and Funeral Homes

Losing a loved one and going through their service at a funeral home in Amboy, IL is hard, from dealing with the emotions and stress of the loss to planning the details that go with a service. If t...

Cremation Services in the time of COVID

As large gatherings could spread the COVID-19 People all across the globe have been asked to refrain from gathering together. However, just because we’re isolated doesn’t mean death and cremation s...

Questions About Aquamation

You know there are a few different kinds of cremation services at funeral homes in Morrison, IL, but did you know there’s a new kind called aquamation?     Water cremation, or aqua...

More Than One Kind of Will

Just like there are different kinds of cremation services in Fulton, IL, there are different kinds of wills. Learn more about wills to see which kind is best for you.    The first kind ...

Cost-Effective Memorialization

It’s easy for families to over-spend when memorializing a lost loved one after a service at a funeral home in Fulton, IL. After all, losing a loved one is hard and confusing. But you don’t have to ...

Body Repatriation and Cremation Services

We are never truly prepared for a death, most people do have some arrangements preplanned for cremation services in Amboy, IL. However, almost no one ever plans on having to deal with a death or br...

Funerals Homes and Medicaid

Did you know that if you’re covered by Medicaid you can set aside money for services at funeral homes in Amboy, IL?     The best way to make sure you use Medicaid to pay for funera...

Mourning Rituals

Mourning is an important part of grief after a cremation service in Morrison, IL, and mourning rituals are symbolic activities that help ease the pain of loss and the heavy weight of grief. Mournin...