The death of a loved one can be a traumatic and daunting time for anyone. There were arrangements to be made and people to contact. There was the funeral home to engage with. There was the service and burial or cremation to oversee. And, then, there was maybe the opportunity to begin your grieving process. Unfortunately, the funeral was not the end of it. There remains much to do after a loved one has passed on.
- The first thing that must be attended to after the funeral is to consider what must be done with the deceased assets and property. For a loved one who lived alone, you must venture over to their home or apartment and begin the process of packing everything up and looking for a place to store it all. You may not be prepared to do that, depending on your relationship with the deceased. If you are not up to it, seek out a sibling or member of the family and ask them to do it. There will be much to do there from figuring out what to do with their vehicle to cleaning out the refrigerator, to checking their email, voice mail, and collecting and stopping their postal service. Have their snail mail forwarded to another place where it can be gone through and handled.
- Working with your funeral services provider will be an immense help at this time. They can assist you with the organizational stresses as well as with many of the practical considerations for the final services and internment.
- You need to get in touch with your loved one’s company if they were still working. They need to know that he or she has passed on. There will be much paperwork involved from Social Security considerations to 401K’s, to insurance considerations and benefits.
- You will be living on the telephone for much of the time. There will be many people to contact with regard to the passing. You must also take the time to close down bank and investment accounts as well as taking the time to ensure that there is no longer any trace of them online or out at social media sites.
With so much to do and so much to think about, it will become easy to become stressed out and anxious. Your funeral services director and staff can be a needed and welcomed resource for you during this time. They know what you are going through and are an experienced hand with regard to getting everything organized and helping you to decide what your next step will be.