Planning Ahead FAQ
When it comes to life, most people plan for major events like weddings, education, and family vacations. Most people even prepare themselves for the unexpected with auto, home, weather, and medical insurance. We always find it’s better to be safe than sorry in these situations, but we tend to skip our own end-of-life arrangements. The loss of a loved one is an emotionally stressful time and knowing the benefits of planning and asking questions can encourage many to take the steps to ease that stress.

Who can submit an obituary?
Obituaries can be submitted by either a family member or a funeral home. Verification of death with a funeral home is required before publishing an obituary.

What information is typically included in an obituary?
Common details include full name, age at death, date, and residence at death, date, and place of birth as well as previous residences. Parents, spouses, children, and grandchildren. View Funeral Basics guide to writing an obituary for more details.

How to Memorialize Your Gift at CAU? 
Clark Atlanta University offers donors the opportunity to memorialize their gift by naming or gifting a building, space, program, scholarship, or endowment.

What Happens to Your Student Loans When You Die? 

What Happens to My Pension When I Die before I Retire?

How do I plan a gift for the University?
Planned Giving supports the university and its mission while accommodating the personal, financial, estate-planning, and philanthropic goals of CAU Donors. The team works with donors to ensure that their gift plans are appropriately documented and executed. With smart planning, donors may actually increase the size of their estate and/or reduce the tax burden on their heirs. More importantly, donors will know that they have made a meaningful contribution to CAU.

Learn more about Planned Giving here:

How do I prepare a will?