What to Do After a Loved One Dies

The death of someone we love changes our lives forever. The first thing to do when your loved one dies is to take time to sit with your loved one and let yourself process what happened.

Get in touch with your family members and friends and ask them to join you in spending some time with your loved one before making any funeral arrangements.

Find your loved one's final wishes in the form of a will or funeral planning checklist. If you can't find them or there are none to be followed, make the best judgment call and don't feel rushed into calling a funeral home. Take time to discuss funeral arrangements with family members and friends. It can be a green burial, home funeral, cremation or anything else that resonates with you and will celebrate the life of your loved one.