Things to Do Immediately After a Family Member Has Died

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The thing with a death in the family is that it will hit hard even if it was expected. Sometimes a loved one is suffering a serious terminal illness and is deteriorating fast, but even then the actual death can catch everyone off guard since death seems so unnatural. And yet, despite the feeling that no one is supposed to die, death is a part of life. In the immediate aftermath of the death, you and your family need to do a number of things, including plan a cremation in Cleveland, OH. Read on to see some of the other things to do after a death in the family.  

Obtain Legal Death Pronouncement 

After the death of a loved one, obtain a legal death pronouncement right away from a qualified medical professional. In the event that there is no doctor around, you have to find another qualified person to verify that the person is indeed dead. You can call the police if the person dies in their own home. The paramedics will come on the scene as well. They will attempt emergency procedures and will then take them to the hospital where a doctor can then give the official death pronouncement. However, if the person passes away under hospice care, you should reach out to the hospice nurse. This medical professional has the authority to make the death pronouncement.  

Arrange to Have Body Transported 

You also need to make arrangements for the body to be transported to where the disposition will take place. The hospice nurse can help your make these transportation arrangements. If the deceased prearranged their body disposition, you can call the death care services provider for the body to be picked up. Otherwise, you and your family will have to make arrangements for the cremation or traditional earth burial with a death care services provider.  


Contact the deceased’s physician as well as call family and friends to notify them of the passing.  

Care for Pets 

If the deceased had pets, arrange for their care whether that involves you taking them in or another family member taking care of them.  

Contact Employer 

If your deceased loved one was still working, contact the employer to relay the news. You can also ask the employer about any salary outstanding as well as if the deceased was part of any workplace life insurance plan.  

While there are other things to do after the death of a loved one, the aforementioned are things that need to be done in the immediate aftermath of the event. When you need a cremation in Cleveland, OH, look no further than All Ohio Cremation & Burial Society, Inc. We have deep roots in the community, and our goal is to help grieving families to honor their dead. You can reach us by phone at (216) 631-4500 or you can come by our office at 16150 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland, OH 44135 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We’re here to help you during what will be a difficult time for you and your family. Let us know how we can help. 

Patrick Mahoney