When a death occurs, it can be a trying time for your family and friends.
Whether the death was expected after a long illness or more sudden, there
are a number of things that must be done soon after the deceased passes.
In addition to
planning a funeral, other details such as deciding between cremation and burial and writing
an obituary must also be considered. Since a death can happen at any time,
it’s a good idea to educate yourself about what you should do after
someone passes away. Read on to learn what steps you should take after a death.
Notify the Authorities
Once a death happens, you must let the proper authorities know so that the
death certification process can begin. Death certification is done by either a doctor or a
coroner, along with a funeral director. You’ll need multiple copies
of the death certificate to put all of the deceased’s affairs in
order, including the estate and insurance. A funeral director will need
to claim the body for it to be buried or cremated, so it’s often
a good idea to have a funeral home in mind before a death occurs.
Work with Others
In most cases, the deceased’s body must be removed within a few
hours after death. That’s why you’ll need to work with a funeral
director to make sure that the body is transported properly and the remains
are stored. As you speak with the funeral director, you’ll discuss
the deceased’s wishes as to whether he wanted traditional burial
or cremation. If the deceased didn’t leave instructions, it may
be up to you or your family to decide what to do with the body.
Plan a Service
After a death, you will have to decide what type of service to hold. A
funeral takes place before the body is buried, while a memorial service
takes place after the body has already been cremated or buried. You can
choose to hold a service at a funeral home, a place of worship, or even
When someone you care about passes away, let Chapel of the Chimes Oakland
guide you through the
funeral and memorialization process. Contact us at (510) 654-0123 to learn more about how we can help
you and your family with funeral pre-planning near Oakland. We offer caring,
compassionate service to help ease the burden during a challenging time.