Certified copies of death certificate will be required in order to file for probate, of to establish an estate, life insurance claims, transfer of ownership of automobiles, property, banks and possible other financial institutions.
You may want or need to change over bank accounts, and removed the deceased's name or close accounts. Contact financial institutions where they may have had a loan. They will inform you of what needs to be done to file to cover the loan claim. Gather bills, and credit cards to make you aware of the credit obligations, and service contracts which may pay off the accounts upon the death .
It really depends entirely on how you wish to commemorate a life. One of the advantages of cremation is that it provides you with increased flexibility when you make your funeral and cemetery arrangements. You might, for example, choose to have a funeral service before the cremation; a memorial service at the time of cremation or after the cremation with the urn present; or a committal service at the final disposition of cremated remains. Funeral or memorial services can be held in a place of worship, a funeral home or in a crematory chapel.
With cremation, your options are numerous. The cremains can be interred in a cemetery plot, i.e., earth burial, retained by a family member, usually in an urn, scattered on private property, or at a place that was significant to the deceased. (It would always be advisable to check for local regulations regarding scattering in a public place-your funeral director can help you with this.)
Today, there are many different types of memorial options from which to choose. Memorialization is a time-honored tradition that has been practiced for centuries. A memorial serves as a tribute to a life lived and provides a focal point for remembrance, as well as a record for future generations. The type of memorial you choose is a personal decision.