1. Notify family and friends of the death:
It is important to notify family and friends of the passing of your spouse as soon as possible. This can be done in person, by phone, or via email, depending on the preference of those you are contacting. When notifying people, it is also important to provide them with details of any funerary services that will take place.
2. Contact the funeral home or make arrangements yourself:
Once you have notified family and friends of the death, it is important to contact a funeral home or make your own arrangements for the process of what needs to happen after someone dies. This includes determining where and how the body will be stored, as well as deciding on any ceremonies that may need to be arranged.
3. Determine what you want to happen with the body:
This can involve looking into burial or cremation options, as well as deciding if there should be an open casket viewing for friends and family members. If you are considering having a memorial service or ceremony, this should also be decided at this time.
4. Make final decisions about any funerary services or ceremonies that will take place:
This includes deciding on what type of burial service to have and where it should be held, as well as any other details related to the ceremony such as catering, music, flowers, etc. It is important to make sure all arrangements are finalized before proceeding with the next steps.
5. Arrange for transportation of the deceased:
Depending on whether you have chosen burial or cremation, there may be a need to arrange for transportation of the body from your home or hospital to either a funeral home or another location. This can involve arranging for an ambulance or hearse depending on your needs.
6. If necessary, apply for government benefits like social security death benefits or veteran's benefits:
If the deceased was a veteran, there may be certain benefits available that can help cover the costs of funerary services and other expenses incurred. Similarly, if they were receiving social security benefits there may be death benefits that can help offset some of the costs.
7. Close out bank accounts and credit cards of the deceased spouse:
It is important to close out any open accounts in order to ensure that no additional charges are made or interest accrued on them. This includes all bank accounts as well as any credit cards in their name.
8. Change all relevant passwords and usernames associated with email addresses, online banking, and other important accounts:
This ensures that only you have access to any accounts or financial information left behind by your spouse. This can help to protect against identity theft and fraud.
9. Notify utility companies, insurance providers, employers, and other important institutions of the death:
This is necessary in order to ensure that any bills or payments associated with these accounts do not continue to be sent out as they will now need to be canceled. It is also important to make sure that all records are updated accordingly.
10. Sell any jointly owned property or modify deeds to change the ownership of property:
Depending on what type of property you own together, it may be necessary to update the deed in order for one of you to take full ownership. This should be done legally through a lawyer or real estate professional. Additionally, if property needs to be sold or liquidated in order to pay off debts associated with the deceased, this should also be done as soon as possible.