Hearing about the death of someone we know can already be distressing, but what if the person who has died is someone whom we are close to – a family member, partner, best friend, or someone who is equally dear to us? Dealing with someone’s passing is difficult, and it can be exacerbated by the fact that we may have to deal with various technical details as well – and this includes registering the death, planning and arranging the funeral, and more. Even just the thought of all these tasks is daunting, but this is where you may rely on outside help, be it from friends or family members or a professional such as a funeral director. But what are the proper steps to take when someone passes away? What should you do from day one until the end of the funeral service? Here is your daily guide on the proper steps to take when someone passes away.
The first day
As soon as the person passes away, you should contact a doctor. They can provide you with a medical certificate of cause of death. On the same day, you should look for a funeral director, such as someone from independent funeral services like www.carrollandcarrollfunerals.co.uk, who can help arrange the collection of the person who died so they can be brought to the funeral parlour.
The second to fifth days
On the second to fifth days, you should register their death in the area or country where they passed away. You need to locate a register office in the local area and reserve an appointment. When you register the person’s death, you need specific documents, such as the person’s Birth Certificate and passport or ID.
The fifth to eighth days
During the second to fifth days, you can arrange the funeral of your deceased loved one, and this can continue from the fifth to eighth day. Arranging a funeral need not be too difficult or too much of a challenge if you get help from a funeral director, as they can arrange the necessary paperwork for you. But you also have to decide on aspects such as the kind of funeral you want for your loved one (or the kind of funeral they wanted), the coffin, arrangements for transport or travel, the programme (including speeches, readings, songs, and other tributes), flowers, and so on.
The eighth day onwards
Funeral services often culminate on this day or earlier, depending on your wishes or the wishes of the deceased, but from the eighth day onwards, this will be the time to deal with other details such as the deceased’s estate if they left a will. If they left no will, then a relative will be chosen as the administrator of the person’s estate.
During this period, it would also be wise to settle other tasks such as informing authorities and other government bureaus and services about the death and settling other concerns such as social media accounts, emails, and so on.
It is critical, however, that you take the proper time to process your loved one’s passing, and if you need help, do not hesitate to ask for it – you would be surprised at the number of people who are more than willing to give you a hand.
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