Your Funeral Planning Checklist


First notify the Doctor, the Police and the Funeral Home that there is a death.


The hospital will call to inform you. 

You should then contact the Funeral Home letting them know: 

Name and address of the deceased


The Ward Number 

The date of death

Your contact information including email address.

Always ensure that you walk with their Barbados Identification Card. This is needed for the release of the deceased to the Funeral Home.

Other essential documents 

The National Insurance Card

The Birth Certificate

Marriage certificate of the deceased (where applicable) These documents are needed when making the claim for the Funeral Grant or Survivor’s Benefit..

The following information is needed for the Registration Department to process the Death Certificate: 


Full Name of Deceased


Marital Status

Date of Death                       Day/Month/ Year

Place of Death                       

Sex                                          Male/Female

Rank or Profession

Country of Birth

Name of Informant               (name of person to sign card for Statistical Department)

Address of Informant

Proposed date of Burial

Proposed place of Burial     ... Cemetery

National Registration Number

The information given above is then typed on to a Notice of Death card which is sent to the Registration Department for processing. 


Son/Daughter of 

Husband/Wife of 


Father/Mother of 

Step-father/mother of 

Grand-father/mother of 

Great grand-father/mother of

Brother/Sister of

Uncle/Aunt of

Great uncle/aunt of 

Nephew/Niece of

Cousin of

Father/Mother-in-law of 

Brother/Sister-in-law of 

God-father/mother of

Relative of 

Friend of

You may also want to include information such as the names of workplaces, educational institutions or titles of relatives, fraternities and organizations of which the deceased was a member.

Please note that the CBC radio ad allows a maximum of 40 names and 10 addresses only for the obituary; however you may use any amount of names for the Nation Obituary.

Personalizing an Obituary

Embellishments may be used in the obituary before the relation e.g. devoted mother of, beloved husband of etc. The common list includes beloved, cherished, devoted, loving and dear.

Funeral Arrangements

Some of the costs you will incur are:

Basic cost of casket chosen & casket spray

Transfer to funeral home

Transportation to and from funeral

Mortuary services

Hymn sheets

Grave and Church fees

Obituary - newspaper and radio

Professional services

Condolence books


Death certificates

The Order Of Service

The Order of Service is the order in which the Funeral Service will run. This is prepared by the Church with input from the relatives; it is then faxed, emailed or brought to the Funeral Home. 

The Funeral Home uses the Order of Service to prepare the memorial hymn-sheet. The Order of Service includes the hymns/songs, tributes, pallbearers, ushers, photos and any personal notes from the family.

Dressing Your Loved One

Clothing must include   

dress (with sleeves)

suit & inside shirt


vest/petticoat (if worn) 



dentures (if worn) 

accessories such as earrings, necklace, tie etc. 

wig (if preferred) 

preferred lip-stick (if desired)

Funeral Grant & Survivors’ Benefits

In order to complete the NIS form for the Funeral Grant you must present 

Original Birth Certificate – Claimant & Deceased

Death Certificate - Deceased

NIS #s - Claimant & Deceased

Registration # - Claimant & Deceased 

Marriage Certificate (where applicable) – Deceased

Survivors’ Benefits (all of the above apply as well)

Letters from Educational Institution - minors

Funeral Grant 

When is a funeral grant payable?

It is payable when an insured person who dies was receiving or eligible for sickness benefit, maternity benefit, unemployment benefit, invalidity benefit or old age contributory benefit. 

This grant is also given when the spouse of an insured person dies, if the insured person would be entitled to the grant if he/she had died instead. If death is caused by an employment injury or an occupational disease, the grant is also payable. 

Who receives the grant when an insured person dies?

The person who has paid or is likely to pay the funeral costs. 

How much do you receive?

The grant is $1995 but it is not payable if the deceased person was entitled to Non-Contributory Old Age Pension unless: 

the deceased had received or was eligible to receive an invalidity grant or an old age contributory grant or 

was the spouse of an insured person 

Survivors' Grant/Pension 

What is the Survivors' Grant or Pension and how much is it?

It's a benefit that a surviving spouse and children receive when an insured person, who was receiving or qualified to receive Invalidity or Old Age Contributory Benefit, dies. If the deceased had qualified for a grant, the Survivors' Benefit would be a lump sum while if the deceased had qualified for a pension the benefit would be a pension. 

My 26 year-old son lives in his own home. If his father dies will he receive Survivors' Benefit? 

No, the benefit is only payable to children who are: 

unmarried (including adopted and stepchildren) who were living with or were wholly or mainly maintained by the parent and are 

under 16 years of age unless the child is in full-time education at an approved educational institution.

In this case the benefit is payable until he turns 21 invalids. In this case he'll be entitled to Survivors' Benefit as long as his invalidity lasts 

Once I qualify how much will I receive? 


If you're a widow or widower you'd receive ½ of the Invalidity or Old Age Contributory Benefit that your deceased spouse would have gotten if he/she were alive. 


If you're a child you'd receive 1/6 of the amount your parent would have received if he/she were alive. But if you are an orphan or invalid you may receive 1/3. Also if your parent is not entitled to Survivors' Benefit you are likely to receive the full amount. .