.Funeral planning and ceremony are excellent distractions from the realities that follow after a person dies. You’re left to cope with the loss and deal with new responsibilities. At The Jerry Spears Company, we have seen people become surprised and overwhelmed by what happens after a funeral, which is why it is a good idea to know what to expect. Here are facts to remember:
We are all connected to this world and have several responsibilities. If a person dies, the connections and responsibilities need to be transferred or severed. If you're the loved ones closest relative, that means dealing with a lot of paperwork. The responsibilities include:
Removing the deceased from your health insurance.
Filing life insurance paperwork.
Finding out if they have a will.
Closing bank accounts and funds.
Working on the person’s physical assets.
Handling their bills and dues.
Getting their mail redirected.
Inform utility departments if necessary.
Close or modify credit card accounts.
Report death to agencies like Social Security or Veteran Administration.
These are just some responsibilities you may have to deal with after a loved one has passed away. The work may seem overwhelming, but it needs to be done. Ask people for help wherever possible and take breaks in between for some self-care.
Handling Digital Assets
Most people have a digital footprint these days and that footprint remains even after they die. You need to close social media accounts, email accounts, and protect the loved one’s privacy by erasing all the personal information they have on their computer or devices. Some people turn social media accounts into memorial accounts to make sure their online friends have something to hang on to.
If you want to know more about funeral services, don’t hesitate to contact us at The Jerry Spears Company. Our team will be happy to help.