Five Things to Do After Your Loved One’s Funeral

You’ve already taken some extremely difficult steps. You have learned of your loved one’s death, you have notified your family and friends, you have planned her funeral, and you have publicly said goodbye. Now, everyone else seems to be getting back to their regular lives and you are back in your empty home mourning the loss of your spouse, parent, or child.

What You Do Now Matters

It can be hard to know how to begin putting the pieces back together. However, in the days after the funeral, it is important to:

  • Get the emotional support that you need. This may be formal counseling or support from family and friends.
  • Rework your family schedule. You will need to figure out what your days will be like now and what modifications need to be made to your schedule or your kids’ schedules. It is also important to remember to make sure that you have time to grieve, and to recognize that you might not be operating at 100 percent for quite some time.
  • Collect important documents. For example, you will want to find your loved one’s will and life insurance documents and any titles in things such as stocks, your home, or your car that need to be changed.
  • Take a look at your financial plan. Will you be able to pay your bills and make ends meet? Do you know what your assets are and where they are located?
  • Talk to an attorney. Your time for filing a wrongful death claim is limited. However, you may be able to recover damages for your loved one’s death that will be important to your future.


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