Where to Start

***If a death has occurred, call the funeral home as soon as possible at (203) 255-1031 so we can assess the situation and guide you through the next steps.

When you first begin the process of planning a funeral, the decisions you'll face might seem overwhelming at first. We're here to help you tackle the choices one by one and make the journey one of love, healing, and life celebration.

Click to Download Our Funeral Planning Checklist

Funeral Planning Checklist

When you lose a loved one, there are many decisions that must be made and a lot of information to gather. We hope this list will simplify this process for your family. Please complete this list as much as possible, prior to the arrangement conference.

Information for the Death Certificate

  • Full name
  • Current address at time of death
  • Social security number
  • Birth date
  • Place of birth (city/state/country)
  • Marital status
  • Military veteran status
  • Highest level of education
  • Occupation
  • Place of business
  • Father’s full name
  • Mother’s full name (including maiden name)
  • Informant full name (legal next of kin providing information)
  • Informant’s relationship to the deceased
  • Informant’s address and phone number
  • Place and date of funeral service (if known)

Arrangement Conference Checklist

  • Clothing, including undergarments.
  • Jewelry and/or eyeglasses (items can be returned prior to disposition if requested)
  • Items you may want to display at the service i.e. collectables, framed photos…
  • Recent photograph (for cosmetic and hairstyle purposes)
  • Up to 100 photos if choosing to have a memorial video tribute (can also be emailed)
  • Life insurance policies if you plan to use for payment of funeral bill

Information to collect for the obituary

Click here to download a useful guide to writing an obituary.


Designing a Service


Whether it's formal or informal, traditional or offbeat, a funeral provides an opportunity for family and friends to gather and support one another in taking the first steps of their healing journey. A service can take place in any setting - at our facility, place of worship, your home, or an outdoor venue. The service can incorporate music, poetry, or art in the celebration of a life well-lived. There are endless possibilities for what the service can be, and we're honored to go above and beyond in our duty to meet your personalized and specific requests.

Our staff is experienced in understanding and graciously accommodating the needs of all beliefs, faiths, lifestyles, and relationships. We're here to answer your questions and guide you through the decisions you'll need to make, and will encourage you to take your time to figure out the most meaningful and fitting way to honor your loved one in a meaningful way to your family and friends.


The National Pursuit of Excellence Award honors professional integrity, outstanding community service, and high ethical standards among funeral directors. We are humbled to have been selected ten times by the National Funeral Directors Association to receive this prestigious award, placing us in the Hall of Excellence and at the forefront of funeral homes, Connecticut and beyond

Shaughnessey-Banks Funeral Home
Phone: (203) 255-1031
Email: sb@sbfairfield.com
50 Reef Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 

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