Education Article — Precompose

How to Complete Your Vital Statistics

Personal information required for a death certificate 

At the time of your death, our staff will use your Vital Statistics information to complete your death certificate. Completing your Vital Statistics in advance can make things easier for your friends and family in the future.

A death certificate is a legal document required by the government. It can only be filed directly by a licensed funeral home, such as Recompose. Your estate, executor, and/or heirs may need your death certificate for legal purposes like closing accounts, transferring property, or obtaining access to a life insurance policy. Recompose does not supply certified copies of death certificates, but once we’ve filed one for you, we can help your agent or executor order copies themselves via your local vital records office. The information on the death certificate is also used by government agencies to compile statistics like the leading causes of death in a community.

Information You’ll Need

The Vital Statistics form includes information about the person who has died, including name, date of birth, birthplace, education, race/ethnicity, marital status, and whether they served in the armed forces. It also includes information about their family like the names of their parents, including birth names. It may take you some time or research to compile this information, so you may want to review the require items first, then come back later to submit your final version.

If you need to change your Vital Statistics information, such as a change in address or marital status, click the link above to submit a new version. Near or at the time of death, Recompose staff will review the Vital Statistics with you or your agent to confirm the information is correct in preparation for filing the death certificate.

Once you’ve completed your Vital Statistics along with your Disposition Authorization, Designated Agent for Funeral Arrangements, and Transport Form, you have completed all the documents you need in order to properly document your wishes for your future death care. You can see a complete list here.

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