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Life after Death

Posted on 14/10/2014 by Advanced Bio in Blog

When a loved one passes away, or any personal tragedy occurs, the life you lead afterwards can seem very confusing and difficult. This is a time when understanding how to move forward and spending time with family and friends should be a priority in your life. There are steps you can take to help heal, such as starting a hobby, creating community around you, and helping others, but there are also a few steps you can take in the wake of life after death that helps the healing process. These steps involve organ donation and funeral planning, and although no one wants to have to go through those processes, doing things the right way shows respect to the life of the one you lost and begins to provide healing.

First things first: Insurance paperwork

Depending on the manner in which your loved one passed away, certain insurance paperwork will need to be filled out immediately. Especially if the tragedy involved an unexpected accident or was an unattended death, insurance companies will need to know so the costs of clean-up, decontamination and removal does not fall on you or your loved ones. If you do not know what paperwork to fill out or even how to take this step, ask the knowledgable professionals who have helped you through this process, such as the Arizona cleanup company you first sought out in the tragedy. Notify life insurance companies; stop health insurance coverage of the deceased, and inform Social Security as soon as possible. Call your insurance company with any questions to avoid confusion.

Was your loved one an organ donor?

This task may seem like the last thing you want to do, but it is important that if your loved one was an organ donor, all healthy organs should be donated as soon as possible. To find out if he or she was an organ donor, check the driver’s license or living will. After, contact the nearest hospital to find out this process. It is important to remember that by doing this, you are following through with the desire of your loved one and they are able to help give or improve life for many individuals with their donation.

Let family and close friends know

This task is one of the most difficult, but not only is it important to give other loved ones the ability to grieve, it is important to contact anyone who may be in the will or who might know of the deceased’s burial wishes. Bringing people together is therapeutic and important for support, but it also important for legal matters. At this point, members of the family who have been given authority can help follow through with funeral arrangements. Did the person want to be cremated? Did the person want his or her body to be donated to scientific research? Was the person a member of the military? Following through in the most respectful, loving way possible will begin to provide healing. It also helps to bring people together who can help contribute to the cost of each effort.

Property matters

A house or car may need to be sold now, but before that happens, you should protect these pieces of property from theft or vandalism. Lock the vehicle and park it somewhere safe. Notify the police, landlord or property supervisor if the house is now going to be empty. Find safe homes for all pets, whether with you, loved ones, or professionals.

If need be, have your Phoenix professional crime scene cleanup service make sure the house and car are decontaminated and cleaned as much as possible before you list either one. If the property is in working sellable condition, you can receive a fair amount of money for them that will perhaps help you and your loved ones cover expenses and move forward.

Check the mail

Check the mail (and email, if possible) immediately. Notify the post office so that mail can be forwarded to an address where it will be checked often. Mail that has piled up is a sign that no one is at the residence. It’s a red flag for thieves. In addition, checking the mail may help solve mysteries and will advise you of bills or subscriptions you may not have been aware of at first. It is important to cancel everything as soon as you receive notification of it in the mail so that no one bears the burden of unpaid bills and credit debt.

Contact employers & organizations

You do not want to leave employers and organizations to which your deceased loved one belonged in the dark. Not only will these entities need to find someone to replace them, but they will want to be involved with honoring the deceased. Employers, colleagues and friends will need closure, as well, and will most likely want to reach out to the family in any way they can.

Also contact employers to find out about any employment benefits to which you or other family members may be entitled. Pension plans, credit benefits, etc. are important things your loved one may have set up for you to benefit from upon a tragedy.

File a will

Living wills must be filed with a probate court in the county in which the person died or county of last residence before everything in the will can be executed. The executor of the estate should probably file the will as he or she will be working with the probate court during the process. At the end of the probate process, any beneficiaries will begin to receive various inheritances. Before shares are distributed, however, all bills of the estate must be paid and an inventory of assets must be created.

Before the funeral

Discuss with loved ones details such as religious traditions, flowers, caskets and guests. Search address books, email, social media and phones to find out about people who would want to be included in honoring your loved one. Write an obituary, if needed, or enlist someone to do so. Writing an obituary can be a very healing task, especially if you take the time to put your heart into it. Your loved one will be honored and you will be sharing your feelings with many people who loved the person, as well, which can be very therapeutic.

These tasks may seem like the very last things you want to do, but each is an important part of respecting the life of the one you lost. It is healing to make sure their life was honored and that all bills and issues are taken care of before everyone moves forward. For more information regarding biohazard and death scene cleanup, contact our experienced team.