Holding a funeral or memorial service for your loved one is a positive first step in the grieving process. Family members and friends get a chance to say their goodbyes and, at the same time, they get to share strong feelings with one another.
In the days, weeks, and months following the service, people continue to need others to lean on for understanding, encouragement, and guidance. For that reason, many local and national support groups have formed. These groups provide a common place and a comforting environment for expressing emotions through each phase of the grieving process. To learn more, click on the links above or discuss grief counseling and support options with your funeral director.
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We have provided you a checklist of items that you may need to take care of after the passing of your loved one.
Family Follow-up Checklist
Notify family lawyer of death and request original will.
Notify accountant/financial advisor and request documents.
Contact the Social Security Administration regarding benefits.
Notify life insurance companies to determine benefits and cancel polices.
Contact financial institutions about accounts and safety deposit box.
Contact investment institutions about accounts.
Contact mortgage company about mortgage loans.
Contact credit card companies to switch/cancel card.
Contact employer to notify associates and inquire about benefits.
Contact health care providers (hospice, nursing care, physicians)
Contact auto insurance agent to cancel coverage and/or change policy.
Contact auto loan/lease companies to reconcile accounts.
Contact utilities to cancel or change billing status.
Contact service providers (lawn care, cable TV, pest control, etc) to cancel service or change billing status.
Cancel or change periodical subscriptions (magazines, newsletters, etc)
Remove name/address from mailing and telemarketing.
Additional Grief Resources
Selected Independent Funeral Homes has created an online community for those coping with loss. You can view some helpful videos on their YouTube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/WhyWeGather
By Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D.
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