Bereavement: When a Loved One Dies

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When someone you love dies, you may experience shock, grief and sadness. 

You may stay at the bedside with your loved one for a short period of time if you wish. When you are ready, you will need to find support and make decisions.

Support After Loss

We have a team, Decedent Affairs, dedicated to helping you navigate the emotional and logistical challenges following a death. When someone dies, we can walk you through next steps and help you find the information you need.

Overwhelmed? How We Can Help

  • A hospital chaplain, who can provide a prayer or other spiritual support when your loved one is dying or has died
  • Social workers can help with a range of issues, from emotional strain to logistical matters

How Others Can Help

If people want to help, you can ask them to: 

  • Answer the phone or door
  • Notify others of the death
  • Make a list of phone calls, letters, flowers, food donations and other gifts
  • Help you make funeral or memorial service arrangements
  • Accompany you to the funeral home