An after-death checklist is a list of tasks that need to be completed to settle a deceased person's affairs. Some items that might be found on the checklist include planning the funeral, preparing an obituary and closing the person's accounts, according to AARP.org.
Immediately after a person's death, the surviving family members must complete tasks such as deciding how to handle organ donation and sharing the news with other family and friends. Securing the deceased person's home and property, choosing a funeral home, meeting with the funeral director and selecting a headstone are things that need to be done quickly.
An after-death checklist must also include jobs that need to be handled in the weeks and months after a person's death; meeting with a probate attorney and canceling the person's credit cards and insurance policies are examples of items that should be included on such a checklist.