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When Someone Passes Away

By on February 17, 2009

when-someone-passes-awayThe death of someone, who has been close to us, leaves us in an utter state of shock and grief. People experience a range of emotions like shock, anger, guilt, doubt and even denial. The intimacy of the relationship that you had with the deceased person has a lot to do with how soon or how late you recover from grief. While in some cases it may take only a few weeks, in others the grief may go on for years.

A sudden death leaves us in a situation where we find it difficult to dealing with emotions and comprehend what we have lost and what more we are to suffer. While most people will come to console the aggrieved, one must be able to vent out his or her feelings, because bottling up things can prove dangerous in the long run.

Getting your life back on track may be difficult, but with support from family and friends things do become a bit easier.

The formalities following Death

While you are still struggling with the complex emotions, there is always a long list of issues that you need to be taken care of, following somebody’s death. Although, these formalities are the last thing you would want to attend to, nonetheless they are important.

Post death, you need to get the death registered with the director of funeral or some other equivalent authority, as per your local jurisdiction rules. Normally the administrative system requires you to carry out this formality within five to fifteen days after the death.

There are lots of formalities regarding finances, banks, mortgage and credit card companies, insurance policies, employers and regarding filing of information with the department of pension. There are a whole lot of things that you need to deal with, and to make the task easier you can always collect the information booklet available with the department of works. This booklet contains a detailed checklist, for you to ensure all the formalities have been fulfilled.

You’ll also need to get certain documents in order, such as birth and marriage certificates and the will that has been left by the deceased. Emotionally it is a tough time, but then you have to step out and ensure all legal formalities are carried out in a proper fashion, so that you do not face problems later on.

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