Over The Next Few Days

Please consider the following over the next few days:

  • Prepare a list of friends and relatives to be notified by phone, e-mail, card or letter.

  • Arrange hospitality for visiting relatives and friends.

  • Arrange for child care, if necessary.

  • Delegate special needs of the household, such as cleaning, food preparation, etc., to friends and family who offer to help.

  • Plan for the disposition of flowers after the funeral (to a church, hospital or rest home).

  • Notify insurance companies of the death (requires certified Death Certificate).

  • Check all life and casualty insurance for death benefits, including Social Security, credit union, trade unions, fraternal and military.

  • Check on possible income for survivors from these sources.

  • Locate the will or living trust and notify the lawyer and executor.

  • Stop Social Security payments and determine eligibility for one-time death benefit and/or survivor benefits.

  • If the deceased was living alone, notify the utility companies and landlord and notify the post office where to send mail.

  • Review all debts and installment payments, including credit cards. If there is to be a delay in meeting payments, consult with creditors and ask for more time before the payments are due.

  • Prepare a list of people to receive acknowledgments of flowers, charitable donations, calls, etc. Include a thank you to those who have given their time.