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Whether it’s expected or accidental, the death of a loved one can shake you to the core. The last thing you want is to have to interrupt grieving to deal with mundane tasks, but unfortunately there are many actions that must be done on behalf of the deceased. Some must be taken immediately, while with others you can take your time and reflect on the best path to follow.
Here’s a checklist:
If the death occurs under hospital or hospice watch, they will notify the proper authorities and help you make arrangements with the coroner’s office for transport of the remains. If it happens at home, call local police or 911 for assistance. If he or she was an organ donor, you’ll need to act quickly.
Reach out for help in making arrangements and locating key documents. Split up such tasks as contacting others who will want to know, taking care of pets, collecting mail and safeguarding the deceased’s home if it’s now vacant.
Look for a will or other document that spells out the deceased’s burial or cremation wishes — many people make funeral arrangements in advance, even paying ahead of time. The funeral home can guide you through the paperwork process, such as placing an obituary and ordering death certificates.
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