If someone you love has just died, your head is probably spinning. Your life will never be the same, but there are some very practical things you need to handle. Here are the top five things the team at Affordable Burials and Cremations says you need to do after losing someone close to you.
1.) Report the death.
If your loved one dies in a Toronto-area doctor’s office, nursing home, hospital, or in hospice care, a doctor will be able to do this for you. If they die at home, you will need to call 911.
2.) Make Affordable Burials and Cremations your next call.
We will arrange for the transportation of your loved one into our care. If your friend or family member died while traveling, we will bring them home in a professional manner for the lowest possible cost.
There are a number of other decisions you will need to make at this moment. Our caring, experienced staff will walk you through all of your options and determine the kind of service and final disposition that most closely matches your loved one’s wishes.
3.) Notify others.
Take care to tell the people in your inner circle first. It is best practice to refrain from sharing any news on social media until you are sure all family and close friends have been notified. Be sure to call your loved one’s employer and make arrangements immediately for the care of any children or pets left behind.
You may want to enlist the help of other family members and friends to help with notifications, especially if you are the primary person responsible for making the service arrangements.
4.) Plan the disposition.
There are a number of considerations for you to make when planning. Unless your loved one chose to preplan, you’ll need to decide between burial and cremation, as well as their final disposition, and all the other details related.
5.) Begin down a road towards healing.
Grief is a long journey, and for some, it never ends. In the midst of managing the practical details that must be attended to after a loved one’s death, don’t neglect to take the time you need to practice self-care. As much as possible, try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep at night. Drink plenty of water, eat healthy foods, and try to fit in a bit of exercise each day – even if it’s simply taking a walk around the block. Spend time with people who lovingly support you, and don’t be afraid to reach out for help.
Above all, know that when you plan with Affordable Burials and Cremations, you are never alone. We are always here to connect you with resources that will help you in your grief. And our commitment to help you and your family continues long after you leave our facility.