Death and the grief associated with it are not singular occurrences. There are lots of other things that happened at the same time. Some of them are practical, some of them are logical, some of them are emotional – there is the full spectrum to consider. So if you get caught up in one part of death and grief , it may seem like you’re getting overwhelmed with the other parts. That’s why you should at least think about them every once in a while as separate items.
Consider some of the typical situations surrounding death and grief. There are going to be funeral expenses you have to deal with. If it was a wrongful death, there might be legal implications you have to handle. As with anger, there are stages of grief that you have to accept. Also, like it or not, in many instances there is paperwork that will be involved when someone dies.
The cost of a funeral surprises many people. Especially if you are responsible for paying for these costs, it may be outside of your budget and cause some severe stress. Knowing the costs of funerals in advance, and having some necessary information about caskets, burial plots, and ceremonies will mean that you are better prepared than other people who might be in similar circumstances but have refused to look to the future.
Wrongful Death Suits
Accidental or wrongful deaths happen all the time. They are unexpected. They are tragic. But they also must be dealt with. That may mean that you have to contact a wrongful death lawyer. If you need to sue someone to get compensation for the victim’s family, it has to go through a legal process. As emotionally trying as that may be, the sooner you deal with those aspects and consequences of a death, the better.
Stages of Acceptance
You may think you know how you’re going to handle the death of someone close to you. But when it happens, many people are blindsided by the emotions that overcome them. If you have to go to a grief counselor to work through your stages of acceptance, then find someone who can help you move past the grieving stage and get on with your life.
Does the person who died have a will? Do they have bank accounts? Do they have an ongoing business? If any of those things are present, there will be paperwork involved surrounding the death of a person. Even if that seems unfortunate that you have to deal with something as practical as keeping historical records in order, along with other administrative duties, if any of those things get lost in the shuffle, it can have severe financial consequences later on.