What Needs to Be Done When Someone Dies?

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There is a wide range of both personal and practical matters you need to tend to when someone dies. Many of the specifics may have to do with your own personal religious practices - if you follow any - but there is also a number of practical matters you must tend to. First of all, appropriate funeral arrangements must be made. Of course, it's always a good idea if this is taken care of before the person dies, but this is not always possible. First of all, you have to decide whether or not you will cremate or bury the body. In addition, you have to determine whether you will have a private or public service, a service that is religious in nature or not, or if there will be music played at the service. You may also need to make considerations for pall bearers - there are usually up to eight at any given service - and whether or not donations will be made in the name of the deceased. The funeral home will also generally provide you with a form that certifies proof of death. This is a helpful and often necessary document used when dealing with government, financial or scholarly institutions. You should also know where the will of the deceased is kept - if there was one - and any and all insurance policies in his or her name. The bottom line is, dealing with someone's death is a sometimes chaotic time, but organizing and planning the details can make the administrative part of things far easier.
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