If you have experienced the loss of a loved one and you don’t know where to begin when it comes to getting back to normal then don’t worry, I understand how you feel and I have a few tips that might help you during this difficult time. First I want to say that I am sorry for your loss. Although you may be going through one of the most difficult situations, there are a number of things you need to think about to ensure things can carry on as they normally would. From canceling their direct debits to clearing out their house, you need to be sure you’re doing everything you can to help. With that in mind, here are a number of things you need to consider after the loss of a loved one:
Take Things One Day At A Time – One of the most important things you need to do after the loss of a loved one is looking after your health and whilst it may seem hard, it’s vital you’re taking it one day at a time.
Take All The Time You Need – One a similar note, you also need to be sure you’re taking all the time that you need. Getting over the loss of a loved one is an incredibly difficult process and if you’re not ready to do something, you don’t have to do it.
Attend Counselling Or Therapy Sessions – If you’re really struggling and you think you’re going to need some professional help, speaking to a counselor or therapist could be a great way to help you get back on your feet. For more information when it comes to speaking to a therapist, you can visit this site here.
Join A Support Group – If you don’t think therapy is for you, you may find joining a support group is something that can help. Being around people that know exactly what you’re going through is not only comforting but it can also help you to make new friends during your time of need.
Ensure You’re Practising Self-Care – Although this may seem simple, practicing self-care is a great way to ensure you’re looking after yourself. Whether this means running yourself a hot bath or treating yourself to an early night, the more you’re doing for you the better. For a guide to self-care, you can visit this site here.
Surround Yourself With Good People – Finally, you need to be sure you’re surrounding yourself with good people. Whether this means spending time with your family or making plans with your friends, being with the people that make you happy will definitely help you cope. Chances are they are going to be feeling what you’re feeling too.
Speak To A Funeral Director – Although it won’t be pleasant, you need to be sure you’re speaking to a funeral director as soon as you possibly can. They will be able to help you with all of the arrangements you need to make, helping put your mind at ease throughout the entire process. To find out more about the funeral arrangement process, you can visit this site here.
Notify Everyone That Needs To Know – Once you have started to make funeral arrangements you need to start letting everyone know that they can attend if they want to pay their respects. Although not everyone will be able to make it, it’s important you’re letting them know.
Arrange Flowers And Cars – Another thing you’re going to need to consider when it comes to planning the funeral and cars. Although your funeral director will be able to help, you will have the final say.
Consider The Headstone – Again, this is another thing you’re probably not going to want to think about but it is important that you do. Once your memorial service is over you’re going to need to invest in a headstone for your loved one. Although they can be expensive, it’s an important part of saying goodbye. Also, do not beat yourself up if you can get the headstone right away, it may take some time to save up for one and that’s okay.
Think About The Service – The final thing you need to consider when it comes to the funeral is the service. You can have any type of service that you want and you will have complete control over what happens during the day, as long as you let your funeral director know. From music to prayers, you need to let your funeral director know what your preferences are. If you’re unsure, they will be able to guide you and give you some examples.
Think About Emptying Out Their House – If your loved one lived alone, you’re going to need to think about emptying their house. It may not be a pleasant experience to go through all of their old belongings, ensuring everything finds a new home will be important to your loved one that has passed. If you come across anything that may need to be disposed of during the removal, you might want to consider hiring someone to help remove it. In some cases, you may even be able to find a deceased estate rubbish removal service.
Consider Any Accounts You Need To Notify About Closure – Once you have started to clear out their property, you can think about any accounts that you will need to close. Although you won’t know everything they’re signed up to, you will be able to use their recent mail and correspondence to start contacting people. It might be difficult to begin with but after a couple of calls, it will get easier. If your loved one attending any clubs or social events, you may also need to notify them.
Speak To A Lawyer About Their Will – If you know that your loved one has created a will, you need to consider speaking to a lawyer. Although you don’t need to do this immediately, the sooner you have the conversation the better. In most cases, you will find that everyone in the will has to be present in order for a reading to happen.
If anyone has any other tips or ideas that will help make one of the most difficult situations as stress-free as possible, please share your thoughts in the comments section below.