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5 Steps You Need to Take after the Loss of a Loved One

It is undeniable that losing a loved one is a heart-wrenching experience. Unfortunately, it is one that comes more than just heartache and grief – it comes with logistics too. So, what are the steps that you need to take following the death of a close family member? The most important steps are highlighted below.

Notify friends and family 

Immediately following the death of a relative, you will need to notify your other relatives and friends of their untimely passing. This is an emotional task and there is no way to make it easier. Do what you can in order to handle the situation as sensitively as possible and don’t be scared to ask for help or support if you need it. For instance, sometimes having a friend or family member stay over with you following your loved one’s death can make all the difference. 

Make funeral arrangements 

Your next step will involve organizing a funeral or a memorial service. You can do this by contacting a funeral home, organizing a burial or cremation, and planning specific aspects of the funeral, such as the catering and any speeches that will be given on the day. Notify your friends and family of the date of the funeral as you can. Typically, the funeral should take place within three and seven days of your relative’s death.

Compile and collect the necessary paperwork 

There is various paperwork associated with the death of a loved one. The death certificate is the most important and you will need numerous items for it, such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, etc. You will also require account statements, life insurance policy documents, real estate deeds, etc. 

Dealing with the financial affairs 

Most people will have created a last will and testimony that will need to be implemented following their death. In order to begin the process of settling their estate, you will need to get in touch with your relative’s appointed executor. They will be responsible for managing all aspects of your relative’s financial affairs. If you are unhappy in any way regarding the contents of their last will and testimony, it is possible to contest it. Companies like The Inheritance Experts can assist with this. 

Manage your loss

The reality is that all of the aforementioned logistics can help to distract you from thinking about the passing of your loved one and that they are no longer with you. By the time everything is complete, you will need to face up to life without them physically present. You will inevitably go through the process of grieving and experience numerous difficult emotions. Do not hesitate to seek out additional help and support if you need it. Remember that everybody grieves differently and that it is something that takes time. Be patient with yourself and continue to work towards being able to live your life as your loved one would want you to. 

If in doubt regarding any important steps following the death of a close relative, be sure to seek advice from the professionals.

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