Losing a loved one can be a difficult time for everyone involved. It can be a struggle to understand what to do, especially in the first hours and days after death occurs. The first thing you should know is that you aren’t alone. Having family and friends take over some of the responsibilities can have a huge impact on your wellbeing. It gives them a chance to care for you and gives you room to properly grieve. We’ve compiled a list of things that need to be done after a loved one has passed away.
Immediately The Following Death
The first thing you want to do is notify the authorities about the death. You can call 911 if the death occurs at home. If the death occurs in a healthcare setting, the staff will often take care of this task.
Next, you will want to find transportation for your loved one to a professional funeral home. You’ll want to determine what arrangements might need to be made for organ donations or an autopsy before you send your loved one into final care.
This is the time when you should speak with other friends and family members to make them aware of the death. Feel free to ask some of these individuals to pass the word on to others. This can also be a good time to find a caretaker to be sure your children, pets, and elderly parents are taken care of while you are handling the situation.
You will also want to determine the location of the will and begin funeral arrangements. A funeral director can help you determine what to do regarding the funeral and even help you choose items for the funeral, such as laser-etched monuments.
Before Meeting the Funeral Director
You should pull together any important documents that you need and contact any religious figures who were important to your loved one to determine if specific services or plans are in place. This is also the time to work on an obituary or have someone else get started with the task.
Having a beautiful gravesite can help to grieve loved ones by offering a place of solace and reflection. You should consider what type of monument or bench you want to be installed. At Etched Impressions, we offer laser etched monuments, bronze plaques, and more. We’d be happy to help you through this difficult time. You can reach us at 904-693-1720.