What Should I Do First After the Death of a Loved One? As human beings, it is our nature to want to avoid the unpleasant tasks in life. However, too often, by avoiding those tasks, we inadvertently leave a huge mess behind for our loved ones to untangle. To avoid such issues, it is important we consider estate planning as a gift we leave for those we love. If you have a loved one who has died without an estate plan, you may be anxious and stressed about the tasks you now face. For instance, you may be unsure how to proceed and unsure how your loved one would want his or her assets divided, what type of funeral service they would have wanted, and a thousand other questions will arise when you least expect it.
Immediately Following the Death of a Loved One
After the passing of a loved on, there are several things you need to do as quickly as possible, including:
- First, have the death legally pronounced;
- If they have a DNR and died anywhere other than a hospital, have the DNR handy;
- Arrange for organ donation, if applicable;
- Arrange for transportation of the body;
- Choose a funeral home;
- If the person’s doctor was not present, notify him or her;
- Notify close family and friends of the death;
- If you are planning a funeral service, enlist help. You’ll need to arrange for a headstone, organize a post-funeral gathering, and spread the word about the service;
- Prepare an obituary;
- Confirm care for dependents or pets; and
- Contact the person’s employer if he or she was working. Ask about final benefits, including life insurance.
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