Dealing With a Death in the Family

Death is inevitable, so it is incredibly likely that you will face the prospect of losing a loved one at some point in the future. Coming to terms with this fact doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to be ready for the passing when the time comes, though. Truthfully, nobody is ever ready to have to deal with a death in the family.

You will make things a little bit easier for yourself, though, if you resolve to heed of all the information and advice laid out below.

Get the legalities sorted out as early as possible

The longer you allow for the legalities of the death to be drawn out, the harder it will be for you to move on with your healing process. Quite simply, you have to tackle the legalities of your loved one’s passing head-on by getting them sorted out as early as possible — only when you do this will you be able to truly push forward with your mourning.

The legality that you must cover before anything else is the death certificate. Without this, the death will not be officially confirmed nor will it be legally acknowledged, and you won’t be able to put plans into place with regards to your loved one’s burial as a result. To sort out their death certificate, first and foremost, you have to ensure that a professional healthcare provider pronounces the death — in most cases, this authority figure will either be the coroner or the treating physician. When it comes to obtaining a physical copy of the certificate, it is best to turn to the funeral director for assistance.

Accept your grief

To be able to process the death and the ramifications of it, you have to accept your grief. First and foremost, this means coming to terms with the following five stages of the grieving process:

  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance

By accepting your plight and acknowledging the fact that, just like everybody else who has ever been in your situation, you have to deal with the five stages of grief, you will give yourself some much-needed perspective on the matter. As a result, you’ll be sure to process the death and deal with it in a far healthier manner.

Put the death behind you

Do not confuse putting the death behind you to mean that you are being asked to forget about your loved one — nobody will ever ask that of you, nor will you ever be able to do it. This just means shutting the door on the passing in a physical, practical sense. Get the funeral organised, get the wake sorted, and have the will drawn up and the inheritance then distributed accordingly. Doing all of this will allow you to make a clean break from the ordeal, and move on from it as a result.

With regards to sorting out the deceased’s inheritance, it’s essential that you know what happens when a will is contested so that you are ready to tackle this plight should you have to. Probate contestation is the act of a blood relation, a creditor, or a beneficiary coming forth with claims that the benefactor signed the will against their, well, will. Should you face this kind of problem getting in touch with an inheritance act specialist right away would be vital.

Unfortunately, you will no doubt have to deal with a death in your family at some point in the future. When you do, remember the above advice.

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