Your remains

When you pass away, how do you want your remains to be handled?

Consider donation first

If you donate your organs, brain or body, this decision might be made for you. If you’re not a donor, the two main options are burial or cremation.

Have you already made arrangements?

If so, make sure your loved ones know all the details including how, what and where. Provide contracts, receipts and other documentation to make it easier for them.


If you want to be buried, what type of burial do you want? For example:

  • Cemetery
  • Military cemetery
  • Mausoleum
  • Crypt
  • Natural burial
  • Buried at sea
  • Eco-friendly option
  • Other


What do you want done with your ashes?

  • Kept? By whom?
  • Buried? Where?
  • Scattered? Where?

Other things to think about

Who do you want present at your burial or cremation?

Where do you want your body or remains to be buried?

Will you have a grave marker? If so, what would you like it to say?

Are there special items to remain with your body?

Do you have preferred clothing?

How should these expenses be paid for? Do you have an emergency fund?

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