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 WHEN A DEATH OCCURS
When a death occurs, whether sudden and unexpected or even if anticipated, family and close friends can often experience shock and other symptoms of grief that can make it difficult to move ahead with the tasks the situation demands of us. We provide this short checklist to help them along the way.
IMMEDIATE CONTACTS
Once civil and/or medical officials have responded (for deaths outside a hospital or care facility), you should reach out to:
immediate family or others who should be notified personally. This might include an employer and co-workers. the funeral home, to arrange transfer of the deceased to their care and to set up an arrangement meeting.
clergy or a faith community, if applicable, to seek support and guidance.
others who will take a hand in making funeral arrangements.
groups or individuals who might be involved in services (fraternal organizations, pallbearers, readers, etc.)
Remember that, depending on your circumstances and the impact of the loss, it may be best that your first call be placed to someone you can rely on to assist you with the rest. Asking for help is absolutely OK.
SHORT TERM TASKS
Determine the person or people who will be responsible for reviewing or making funeral arrangements. If prefunded arrangements are not in place, consider how arrangements will be paid for.
Meet with the funeral home. If services have been prearranged, the funeral director will wish to review the plans with you and explain what will happen in the coming days. If no plans have been made, you will be guided through the options available to you and your funeral director will document your wishes. We’ve included a list of things earlier in this book (page 11) that you should try to bring to an arrangement meeting.
While your funeral director can advise, and in some cases, assist with some of this, there may be outside arrangements that the family will need to attend to after the arrangement meeting.
Gather photos and memorabilia for display at memorialization events. Make cemetery arrangements.
Arrange for family flowers.
Contact pallbearers or others who you would have participate in the funeral.
AFTER THE FUNERAL
Aftercare meeting. Our funeral homes offer a complimentary Aftercare Program where you can take the first steps in the process of managing the estate. We can assist you in making notifications, preparing insurance claims, completing government documentation (including application for CPP death benefits) and other tasks. You will be contacted after the funeral to set a meeting time if you wish to take advantage of the program.
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