Saying Goodbye: Things You Need To Deal With When A Family Member Dies


Losing a loved one can be very difficult, especially if that’s a family member that you then become responsible for after death. It may be something you’ve never had to deal with before and therefore navigating through this while grieving can be tough. Here is some advice on what things you need to deal with when a family member dies.


Inform Family & Friends:

This can indeed be one of the toughest things to do, and it sometimes might be best to give this duty to another family member if it’s too difficult for you to do at that moment in time. However, it’s important that family and friends are informed both so that they can go through their own grief and to also be aware of an upcoming service or funeral to celebrate your loved one’s life. You may want to write an obituary to place in your local newspaper or have a generic message for friends and family members so they may respect your privacy during this time.


Make Burial Arrangements:

Depending on whether you knew their arrangements prior to their death, you’ll need to decide on whether they should be cremated or buried. If you’re unsure, it’s best to talk to other family members and friends to see if a preference was mentioned or if they are able to make a group decision on what would be most suitable for the individual whose passed away.


Find The Will And Sort Finances:

Regarding the will, it’s important to find one to make sure all the requirements of the individual have been honored. It’s also worth checking for any other financial burdens or arrangements such as outstanding debts, any divorce settlement or ongoing payments that are coming from their account. It’s hardly something you’ll want to deal with at the time but the sooner all financial woes and tasks are dealt with, the sooner you can get back to grieving the loss. You’ll also want to check whether the will be catered for the cost of the funeral as this is something that you and the family may need to contribute towards in case they haven’t, or the cost exceeds the amount that they’ve allocated.

Cleaning Out The Property:

This is a good way of helping with grief and helping with the process of it. Before a property can be sold, it’s important to clear out the property completely and this is an opportunity to reflect and look back at their life in regards to their valuables and what they kept over time. If acceptable, you can also take anything that you consider to be something that person would have wanted you to keep. However, bear in mind that you check the will when it comes to the more valuable items and whether any furniture or items, in general, have been requested to someone else.


Dealing with the death of a loved one is difficult, so it’s ideal to have a guide like this one to help you cover the steps needed during this hard process.