When someone you love passes away, you might be in a state of shock and grief. Once you are able to push past the initial emotions, you know there’s a lot to do. It’s never easy to death with death and grief, but a Big Flats, NY funeral home can help you figure out the steps to take to make the process as simple as possible during such a difficult time.
The Death Certificate
One of the first things you will need to do is secure copies of the death certificate. You won’t be able to move forward with arrangements or anything else you need to do until this is completed. You’ll need several copies to help you with a variety of things so get at least 15 copies just in case.
You will likely reach out to close family members immediately upon losing your loved one, but later one, you will also want to talk to others your loved one touched during their life. It might be too much for you to take on, so it is often a good idea to call just a few people and ask them to contact others for you. There may be some you’d like to wait and call after the funeral arrangements are made so you can inform them of those at the same time. Others will want to know of the death right away.
You will want to start closing down your loved one’s accounts, so those aspects are taken care of. Do things like cancel their credit cards to prevent anyone from stealing their identity and using them. Keep a close eye on bank accounts and other things that will eventually transfer to someone else once the will is read.
Contact An Attorney
If your loved one had a will and an attorney, contact that person to help arrange the estate. The process can be complex and complicated, and it is best left up to a professional. If you have your own attorney you trust, you can ask them to help as well. Otherwise, use the person your loved one left their will with to complete the process for your family.
Choose A Funeral Home
You will also want to contact a funeral home early on in the process as well to get final arrangements started. Roberts Funeral Home is here to help you honor your loved one with the respect and dignity they deserve. Contact us at (607) 734-7811 when you need Big Flats, NY funeral homes to help you say goodbye to your loved one. We will customize any funeral service into just what you’d like so you can honor wishes and your family needs at the same time. We’re located at 279 Main St., Wellsburg, NY 14894 and it is our job to relieve you of as many burdens as we can during this difficult time of grief.