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46 things to do after a loved one passes away

For most people, losing a loved one is a distressing event with lasting effects. As you’re grieving, you may experience disbelief, shock and anger all in the same day.

And in the midst of processing all these emotions, there’s also a long to-do list, including these 46 decisions and tasks loved ones must address immediately after a person’s death:


  1. Doctor
  2. Coroner
  3. Funeral director
  4. Cemetery/memorial park
  5. Clergy
  6. Relatives and friends
  7. Pallbearers
  8. Insurance agents
  9. Unions, fraternal organizations
  10. Newspapers


  1. Organist
  2. Cemetery property
  3. Funeral service
  4. Casket
  5. Vault or other container
  6. Clothing
  7. Flowers
  8. Music
  9. Transportation
  10. Announcements/ thank you cards
  11. Time and place for funeral
  12. Time and place for visitation


  1. Vital statistics about the deceased
  2. Addresses of people to be notified
  3. Arrangements for out of town visitors

In addition:

  1. Respond to sympathetic phone calls
  2. Answer cards and letters
  3. Greet callers, friends & relatives
  4. Prepare and sign necessary papers

Other arrangements:

  1. Doctor
  2. Hospital
  3. Nurses
  4. Medications and drugs
  5. Ambulance
  6. Funeral expenses
  7. Cemetery property
  8. Interment fees
  9. Clergy
  10. Musician(s)
  11. Florists
  12. Clothing
  13. Transportation
  14. Security/escort
  15. Food
  16. Telephone/postage
  17. Memorialization

How to help ease the burden

The burden of coping with grief, plus handling these decisions and tasks, can weigh heavily on family members. One way to help ensure less stress for your loved ones is to make sure your final expenses are covered in advance. With a life insurance policy from Bankers Life, you can know that there will be a source of funds upon your death that may be used to help pay final expenses, resulting in fewer decisions for your loved ones to make.

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