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After a Loved One Dies: The First Steps to Take

Facing the death of a loved one can be confusing and overwhelming. In addition to the emotional stress, there are several practical considerations that have to be dealt with, such as contacting a funeral home and planning a funeral service. Follow these steps to begin working through the things that have to be done when someone dies.

Choose a Funeral Home

You will need to choose a funeral home almost immediately after a loved one dies, as the home will figure prominently in the other decisions you make. Once you select a funeral home, the director will help you facilitate the transfer of your loved one to the facility, depending on the location of the death. If your loved one passed away in a hospital, generally the hospital staff and funeral home will work together to move your loved one to the funeral home. If you he or she passed away at home or otherwise outside of a setting in which medical personnel are in attendance, you will need to call 911 first. In many cases, a coroner must see people who pass away outside of a medical facility before they are transferred to a funeral home.

Notify Family and Friends

Notify close family members and friends about the death as soon as possible. This helps people who are out of town begin to make plans to attend the funeral and prevents them from finding out the news unexpectedly from another source. You may also wish to enlist some of these close family members and friends to help with some of the funeral planning tasks.

Start Funeral Planning

The funeral home you choose can guide you through the process of choosing burial or cremation and planning a funeral service, including choosing ways to personalize the service to honor your loved one. The funeral home can also assist in finding grief counseling services as needed.

Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory knows how stressful this time is for loved ones and is available to assist in every step of the process. When you need a funeral home in Lakewood, Washington, call (253)584-0252.

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