When someone you love dies, you aren’t simply grieving for one person. It can be difficult to make the transition from being alive to being dead.
You might not know where to start, and you might know where to start but not know how to break it down into a plan. That is why we have created this guide.
We have broken down a checklist for you to use as a guideline for what to do after someone dies. You will be able to easily plot out a course of action that you can follow in the wake of such a difficult time.
Obtain a Death Certificate
A death certificate must get from the local county or state records office. It should include the full name of the deceased, the date of death, and the place of death.
This document serves as proof of death and allows the executor to begin settling the deceased’s affairs. Additionally, having a death certificate makes it easier to plan a funeral and memorial service.
Death certificates can be requested in person, by mail, or online depending on the jurisdiction. You can even learn more here to know how long it takes to get death certificates.
Locate and Secure Important Documents
You will want to gather all their important paperwork and documents. Also, keep track of any retirement accounts, trusts, or other important paperwork.
Once the documents have been gathered they must be stored in a secure location. A safe or safety deposit box is a great option to ensure the documents are not only secure but also easily accessible.
Palliative Care for Loved Ones
Palliative care helps to ensure that a person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs are. Also, their family’s needs will meet in the final days, weeks, and months of life. It also ensures that they get the help they need in dealing with the practical side of life.
It can include home health aides helping with meals and activities that loved ones may need more help with. It also includes attending grief counseling sessions and support groups to cope with the long-term mental health effects of grief.
Notify the Deceased’s Accounts
Look for potential life insurance, annuities, and other investments from the deceased. Also, taxes are needed to report, and Social Security accounts need to notify.
Identity theft can become an issue if these accounts are not notified and quickly closed or put on hold as appropriate. Lastly, any outstanding bills need to be paid or otherwise resolved.
Initiate the Probate Process
The first step involves submitting an application to the Probate Court in the county. It is where the deceased lived and official legal documentation proving the death of the individual.
Once the court has approved the application, a personal representative will be appointed. It is to oversee the rest of the probate process, which involves distributing the assets.
What Steps You Should Take After Someone Dies
It is important to recognize that grief is a delicate and personal experience. Following the practical steps outlined in this guide after someone dies can help those grieving the death of a loved one handle the process of settling their affairs and closure.
Although difficult, the process of loss can handle with preparation and care. Seek out family and friends for support, and don’t forget to turn to yourself with compassion.
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