September 4, 2012
He or she is dead -- now what?
Whether the death of a family member or friend is expected or sudden, there are many things which need to be done -- some, almost immediately. This is a very stressful time and many survivors will not recognize the steps that need to be taken.
A very useful checklist is provided in What to do when a loved one dies, Consumer Reports, Oct. 2012, at 11.
The list is divided into three main sections:
(1) Immediate tasks,
(2) tasks to be done within a few days of death, and
(3) tasks which should be done within ten days of death.
In addition, the article explains the steps a person may take while alive to make the after-death process easier for the survivors.
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