Things That Should Be Done After The death Of A Loved One
The surviving members will find it hard to bear the burden if a loved one dies. It will even be harder if the individual did not leave a will. A sudden death may make you confused and you may not know what to do. There are certain things that need to be done after a loved one dies; these have been mentioned below. One of the steps to be taken after a family member dies is getting a formal declaration. Your family member should be pronounced dead by a medical practitioner.
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Whether the family member was in a hospital or a nursing home, the medical practitioner responsible should do this. When death occurs at home, you should call the emergency contact for them to take the body to the hospital where a formal declaration will be made. Telling friends and family about the death is the next step. Doing this will be convenient a few days after the death has occurred. Afterwards, you can begin making arrangements for the memorial service and the funeral.
Due to the pandemic, getting together may not be possible. A virtual memorial service can thus be arranged. While at the mortuary, you will have to choose between cremation and a burial. Knowing your rights when in such circumstances will be important because some mortuary attendants may want to sell an urn for your loved one’s ashes. Before you make a decision, you should be aware of the benefits of cremation. The funeral home you want to should provide you with a several copies of the death certificate of your loved one.
Having the certificate will be of utmost importance when dealing with the finances of your loved one. Another important step to be taken after the death of a loved one is canceling their social security and turning off utilities. Informing the agency about the death and avoiding t cash any checks is important. You will be penalized if you use the money after the person has died. You will have to seek for the help of another close family member of a friend to help you sort through the stuff of your loved one. You will need to take your time and do things like informing employer, forwarding mail and canceling credit cards.
It will also be necessary for you to turn off the utilities if your family owned an apartment. Another important thing to be done is looking for the deceased’s will and executor. The will gives direction on how the deceased wanted their property, money and belongings to be shared among the surviving family. If the person dies without having a will, the sharing of property will be guided by the existing laws.
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