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3 Tasks to Address Immediately Following the Passing of a Loved One September 20, 2017

When a loved one dies, our immediate response is emotional. Even if the death was expected, when the time actually arrives, there really is no perfect way to prepare for the heartache. Hopefully, we’re in the company of other loved ones when it happens, but unfortunately there are unforeseen circumstances that too often lead to tragic, unexpected losses. In these cases, especially, we don’t feel like we’re in any position to take care of any of the logistical aspects that are necessary to address following a person’s passing. Nonetheless, there are certain tasks that need to be performed and decisions that need to be made. Here are three of those tasks:

Organ donation

If your loved has made the compassionate decision to donate their organs, then this needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. In some cases, it may not be immediately known if the deceased did want their organs to be donated. Two place to look that can help you figure it out are their driver’s license and will. While it is incredibly difficult to take care of this kind of a logistical issue immediately following the death of a loved one, it can be somewhat comforting knowing that your loved one is managing to provide and sustain life, even after their own death. And for some people, having a task to perform, such as arranging organ donation, can give some sense of order during an emotionally chaotic time.

Get in touch with the deceased person’s immediate family

It’s important to make those difficult phone calls to immediate family members, in large part because they simply need to know, but it can also be necessary step when determining how to go about getting affairs in order and ensuring that the deceased’s wishes are met. And with today’s prevalence of social media and other web-based communication, it can be easier to contact peripheral family members and friends. This saves a lot of difficult, individual phone calls, and can permit you to instead focus on the immediate needs at hand.

Initiate funeral plans

Once you’ve gotten in touch with immediate family, you can start to determine how exactly the funeral plans will proceed. If it hadn’t been spelled out in advance by the deceased, you’ll need to work together to decide how to best honor your loved one. At the same time, there are practical concerns like cost. During this period, you can start to delegate tasks amongst loved ones to ensure that no one person is taking on too much of the workload during an emotionally volatile time. You can also get in touch with a reputable funeral home and start a conversation with them about how to go about the process.

If you’re in need of planning a funeral, be sure to get in touch with a caring, experienced funeral home. For funeral services in Marysville, WA, the experts to contact are at Funeral Alternatives of Snohomish County at 1-888-381-6993. Funeral Alternatives will provide you with caring service during your difficult time.

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Written By Brian Corey

Published By MORBiZ