Who to Notify About the Death of a Loved One
Experiencing the death of a loved one can be one of the most difficult times in one’s life, and it can become much harder when having to spread the news; however, having people to sympathize and grieve with can make the process a bit easier. During the process, there are three important groups that must be notified about a death.
1. The State
State laws require a death certificate to be obtained, and it is important to have to continue with the funeral process. If you are working with a funeral director, they can help guide you in the death certificate process and assist in gathering the necessary paperwork. The information that must be provided about the deceased to the funeral director varies state by state and may include:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Date, location, and cause of death
- Social Security number
- Marital status
Copies of the death certificate can be provided by the funeral home or mortuary at the time of death and are essential when claiming benefits/property that belonged to the deceased, closing accounts and shutting off utilities, and much more. Many have found that ten copies is sufficient for the necessary proceedings, and it is extremely important to ensure that all of the information on the certificate is accurate, as errors can create problems in the process.
It is important to note that in many states, not everyone can obtain a certified copy, which possesses an official stamp and is necessary to perform the above-mentioned tasks and more. Those that are able to receive an official copy varies state by state, so it is important to be knowledgeable on who can be a recipient, information you can find through the state or county offices in which someone has passed.
2. Family and Friends
Those close to the deceased should be made aware of their passing and be told of future plans and funeral proceedings as soon as possible. This can be an extremely taxing task when you’re emotional and in the process of grieving; therefore, it may be beneficial to have a close family member assist you with this. If the deceased has a large circle of family and friends, it may be helpful to pinpoint a central person in each group (friends, work, etc.) to notify those that must know. This that need be notified include, but are not exclusive to:
- The deceased's employer
- Relatives, distant and close
- Close neighbors
- Religious officials
Everyone has a different form of communication, so it is crucial to contact them in the most practical way, especially when dealing with those that are not as technologically-savvy as others. Designating this specific task to people within different groups can help to solve problems with contacting those that need to be.
3. Service Providers
Credit card and insurance companies, utilities (water, gas, waste, etc.), cell phone providers, etc. should be made aware of a loved one’s death in order to cancel their accounts. Most will require the name and recent billing statement for the process, but you should be prepared to provide their Social Security number and other personal information as well.
During the entirety of the funeral process, it can be very difficult to focus on closing utilities, as it may take time you do not have. Trusted Connect can help alleviate this problem. Our compassionate support team assists in closing utility accounts of the deceased for free, striving to save you time and relieving you of more difficult conversations. Our partnerships with utility companies and funeral homes make this possible, and they make certain that confidential information is kept safe and secure. Information regarding us and how to proceed can be found here.
Losing a loved one is never easy, and the steps afterwards add to the burden; however, there are people that are willing to help, whether it be a family member, a friend, or someone from elsewhere that you encounter on the way. We here at Trusted Connect wish you the best of luck and hope that we can help you through these times.