What to do after a death

Submitted on Thursday August 20th, 2015

If you know the end is near, anticipating the tasks that follow a death can make it easier when the time comes.

Get the word out. Ask one or two family members or friends to contact others. Use your relative's calendar and address book for names. Don't forget the dentist, beauty shop, and other service providers. Contact groups your relative belonged to (bingo, exercise, community service, etc.). Consider placing an obituary in the local newspaper.

Care for the home. If the house is unoccupied, arrange for pet and plant care or adoption. Remove any perishables in the kitchen. Cancel meal delivery, newspaper, and home care services. But don't stop utilities. You want the house to look lived in for security reasons. Put a light or two on a timer and tell the neighbors. Have mail forwarded.

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