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What You Should Do After a Loved One Passes

When a loved one passes, it is hard to deal with it on an emotional level and also handle the details that need to come next. However, it might be your responsibility to make important phone calls or gather paperwork. Here is a list that makes it a little easier to know what is expected after someone dies.

Make Necessary Phone Calls

Phone calls need to be made shortly after someone has passed. There are many different people to call to start making arrangements. Most people like to start with their close family and friends to inform everyone of the passing. Others begin by calling the funeral home right away. It is up to you in which order you go in, but make sure the most important people get the news. If you don’t want to call all family members, choose someone to make these personal calls. You might feel more comfortable with the business calls, such as informing their insurance company, bank, employer, and landlord if they were renting their home.

Start Gathering Important Documents

This might end up being the most tedious job to do after a loved one dies, but it is imperative. You need to begin collecting paperwork and documents for the deceased. This will be necessary even before the funeral, because you need to know if they had a will and had preferences for their funeral. The deceased might have even made arrangements for their own funeral, which is not uncommon. Begin looking into their documents in their home and check in with their lawyer about a last will and testament. You also need to find their financial statements, which can also be attained by contacting their bank. Other documents you will need include insurance policies, mortgage statements, tax returns, marriage and birth certificates, and a recent credit report. The last document is to get a death certificate written up.

Protect Their Home

After you have visited their home to gather documents, start taking action to protect their home from intruders. If a dishonest individual finds out the person is deceased and nobody else lives in the home, they might try to take advantage and steal some of their belongings. Remove any valuable items you find, such as a locked safe, jewelry, and cash. Make sure you keep the house locked up and set an alarm if necessary. Look around their home to turn off lights and unplug everything possible to reduce electrical or fire dangers. Clean up the home by taking out the trash, washing the dishes or disposing of spoiled food. Find temporary homes for any pets you find.

Contact a Funeral Director

When you’re ready to, contact a local funeral director. If the deceased did not give instructions about their preference in burial, you will need to decide between a cremation and burial first. You then need to work closely with relatives to decide on a date and time, type of burial or funeral service, and choosing the casket and headstone. Don’t try to do this all alone; get help from others who were close to the deceased to give them a funeral they deserve.