3 Things to Do When a Loved One Passes Away

It can be hard to focus on what steps come next when someone you love has passed away. However, there are a few things you must do within 10 days of someone passing away to prevent any legal nightmares. Having a plan on what to do when a loved passes can help make it a less stressful process than if no plans for next steps were in place. Consider assigning the following tasks between yourself, family, and or close friends so everyone knows exactly how they can help. The following list is prioritized by importance.

  1. Acquire a legal pronouncement of death. If your loved once was in the hospital or under the care of a hospice caretaker, their doctor will be able to facilitate this for you. They will also arrange proper transportation for the deceased’s remains. If your loved one passed away at home, you must first call 911 to inform them of the death. It is recommended to have a legal copy of a do not resuscitate in your possession when the police and ambulance arrive. If you do not have a copy of the do not resuscitate, the emergency crew will have to follow procedures which involves bringing them to the emergency department where a doctor will then pronounce the person deceased. If you have the do not resuscitate, the police can help arrange transportation to the local county coroner’s office.
  2. Arrange funeral and burial services. First make sure the person did not have a prepaid burial plan. Next, reach out to any formal organization the person was a member of to see if they offer burial benefits. Organizations that commonly have burial benefits are the military, fraternal organizations, and religious organizations.
  3. Obtain a legal death certificate and start contacting the following:

  • Insurance company
  • Utilities
  • Post Office
  • Social Security Office
  • Bank
  • Accountant/Investment Advisor
  • Trust and Estate Attorney

VitalChek can help you obtain a legal copy of a death certificate so you can take care of your loved ones belongings. Placing an order online is simple with VitalChek, so you have one less thing to be concerned over when we lend a helping hand. If you have questions about how VitalChek works, view our help page.

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