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We Can Help Manage the Details

Coping with your loss can be overwhelming. There are so many details to consider, so many people to contact, so many choices to consider. Let Brainard Funeral Home help. We won’t miss a detail, we’ll walk you through all the steps and answer every question. And then we’ll help you celebrate the life of your loved one.

Let us help you prepare and answer your questions. Meet with us in person to plan the funeral service in one of our two Wausau-area locations. To speak with one of our experienced professionals, contact us at 715-845-5525.

What to do upon the death of a loved one

Following is a list of the steps Brainard Funeral Home can assist you with prior to, during and after a funeral service.

  1. Contact clergy person to discuss appropriate prayers, scripture verses, music and eulogy
  2. Contact funeral director to Arrange transportation of the body
  3. Place obituary and radio announcement
  4. Determine date and time of funeral service
  5. Obtain certified copies of death certificate
  6. Discuss specifics of ceremony, including:
    • Where service is to be held
    • Music selection
    • Disposition – burial, entombment, cremation
    • Religious, Fraternal, or Military organization participation during the visitation, funeral or burial
    • Selection of casket, burial vault, urns
    • Clothing and jewelry
    • Photographs for DVD and collages or other special memorabilia
    • Memorial request for a designated charity
  7. Confirm time and date of services with the funeral director and clergy
  8. Notify family and friends of time and place of funeral and services
  9. Select what type and color of flowers you would like to send, as well as how floral arrangements are to be distributed after the funeral service. 
  10. Contact monument company about monument purchase or engraving
  11. We recommend any of the following caterers
    Bob’s Catering
    Elks Club
    Greenwood Hills
    Variety Catering (Hartman’s) Athens
    Lee’s Katering Kitchen
    Mint Cafe’
    Mountain Bay
    2510 Restaurant

Download a complete list of steps to take when planning a funeral.

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