When Loved Ones Pass: Practical Details To Handle

There is a lot of emotional turmoil when it comes to the passing of a loved one, but it’s also important that the practical details get taken care of as well, simply because of social and cultural norms. So at the same time families and friends move through their internal grief and recovery processes, someone has to handle the logistics as well – so it’s better to be prepared for that eventuality earlier rather than later.

Some of the details that might fit into this category include writing obituaries, handling funeral arrangements, dealing with social media details, working with final wishes, and handling the grieving periods of others in the the group of family and friends.

Writing the Obituaries

It’s important to write an obituary for several reasons. For archival purposes, it gives final information on the life and death of a person. Also, because of how obits are published, people that may not have known that a person died will see the posting made in this respectful way, often published somewhere that people look for these types of updates. Both online and published obituaries perform this necessary function, though on different mediums.

Handling Funeral Arrangements

There are steps to arranging a funeral. There’s the matter of religion, the matter of casket or cremation, the matter of visitation. Is it going to be a somber affair or more like a wake? These questions and answers have to be dealt with, and often very quickly after a person dies, simply because of practical reasons, so it’s not unusual for one person to take the reins and talk to funeral directors and funeral homes quickly and succinctly after a loved one passes.

Social Media Details

And have you ever wondered what happens to social media when a person dies? There’s a process to go through in order to either delete someone’s profile or turn it into a memorial page, and those options have to be considered before contacting the administration of those sites in order to facilitate those changes.

Final Wishes

Many people have final wishes that they need taken care of, and that’s up to a responsible party to make happen as well. Some of the more common ones include having ashes scattered in a certain place, for instance, or for certain belongings to be delivered to a specific person.

Handling the Grieving Period

The cycle of grief is a fairly well-understood phenomenon, but everyone handles things within that cycle slightly differently. When a loved one passes, it’s important to understand the similarities and differences between different social and psychological groups, and respect them as much as possible when handling the other logistics of passing on.

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Anna Johansson
Anna is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and comtemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.

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