End of Life Issues
When A Loved One Passes
The death of a loved one is never easy,
whether it is unexpected or the result
of a long illness, the shock leaves one
feeling numb and bewildered. This
section of the Elder Care Guide will
help inform you in making funeral
arrangements and help you through
the grieving process.
This Section Includes:
• Preplanning or Prearrangements
• When a Death Occurs
• Selecting a Funeral Provider
• Meeting with a Funeral Director
• Planning a Funeral Service
THE IMPORTANCE OF A FUNERAL
The overall benefit of a funeral service to surviving family members and friends is
immeasurable. Though many people underestimate the power of the funeral tradition,
simply realizing that the ritual plays a key role in the overall grief and healing process is
helpful. Gathering family members, planning the service, and sharing memories are all
actions that help people move forward through the grief process. When people reflect
on the service later, they often realize the comfort and support that the funeral provided.
Preplanning or Prearrangements
Preplanning your own funeral arrangements is
becoming more common today, as family members often
reside across the country rather than just across town.
Preplanning with a licensed funeral provider offers
many benefits including:
• the opportunity to document your final wishes
• providing your family with peace of mind
• the option to prepay your arrangements, allowing you
to secure current prices rather than pay future costs.
When a Death Occurs
The first step to take will depend on the circumstances
and location of the death. Most licensed funeral homes
can provide answers to your questions at any time, 24
hours a day, 7 days a week.
When a death occurs at home:
• Call a licensed funeral home; licensed funeral directors
can explain the next steps