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Your Digital Life after Your Death

After cremations as part of the cremation services offered in Shaker Heights, OH, whoever you’ve designated to take care of your final affairs should have access to your will or revocable trust (this will automatically transfer to them upon your death), any life and burial insurance policies you have, and access to your bank accounts and other financial accounts.

However, there is one other area of your life that you need to make sure your executor has, and that is all the login information (usernames and passwords) for everything you do digitally. Most of us have a gazillion of these. They include logins for digital devices, wireless routers, logins for online banking and other financial services, logins for streaming services, logins for credit card companies, logins for taxing filing sites, logins for airlines, and logins for online shopping sites.

You may also have social media logins for services like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. If you blog online, then you have a login for that as well.

We need a quick note about using face recognition or fingerprints to log in to your digital devices instead of a password. While this may be a very good way to secure your digital devices, it’s important to remember that faces and fingerprints are unique for each person, so no one else will be able to access devices where you have this as your login method after you die.

Almost every online password is now required to be at least eight characters, using capital letters, numbers, and special characters. Because different sites use different ways to login – for example, some require a username, while others require an email address – there is no way to standardize all our online logins to be the same.

Even if that was possible, though, it would be a huge security risk, because if someone was able to hack into one account, they could potentially hack every single online account you have.

We all have different strategies for keeping up with all these logins. Many people use free password managers on their digital devices to store all this login information (however, there’s a login for the password manager too). Other people store this information in a Word document or an Excel spreadsheet.

One of the potential problems with password managers on your computer is that no one will be able to access it because they don’t have the administrator password to access the program. Additionally, if the computer crashes, then all your login information is completely inaccessible.

The Word document or Excel spreadsheet is the best way to keep up with your logins and to update them when they change, because you can keep a current copy – printed or on flash drive – with your important papers (replace it when the document changes), so that all your digital information is available to the person you’ve chosen to take care of your final affairs.

Keep your current login document stored on flash drive, not the digital device you primarily use. Label the flash drive and keep it where your executor can easily access it in case you forget to print or provide a current copy to include in your important papers.

For more information about cremation services in Shaker Heights, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit our funeral home at 25900 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights, OH 44123, or you can call us today at (216) 831-7906.

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How to Plan a Funeral

Planning your funeral before you die at funeral homes in Shaker Heights, OH gives you the opportunity to specify what your wishes are for your funeral. Planning for your funeral in advance also reduces some of the stress that your family will be dealing with, because all they have to do is put your funeral plan in motion with the funeral director. This frees your family to grieve and deal with the impact of losing you.

One aspect of planning your own funeral is whether you want to pay for the funeral in advance. This is optional. If you have a burial insurance policy for covering all the expenses of your funeral, then you’ll want to make sure that you have the insurance company’s name and the insurance policy number included in your funeral plans.

If you don’t have a burial insurance policy, you may be able to convert a portion of insurance coverage you already have into a burial insurance policy. You’ll need to check with your insurance company to see if this is possible.

Some insurance companies allow you to take a portion of mortgage insurance (which covers total value of the mortgage) you purchase when you buy a home and convert that into another type of policy, such as a burial insurance policy, as the mortgage of your home is paid off.

For a traditional funeral and burial, you will need to get a cemetery plot. Military veterans can be buried at no charge in a national cemetery, so if this is where you want to be buried, be sure to include a copy (not the original) of your military discharge papers (Form DD-214). If you’re affiliated with a church with a cemetery, you may be eligible for a free grave site in its cemetery. If your deceased relatives are buried in a family cemetery, you may have access to a free grave site there as well.

The next step will be choosing your casket. When you do this, you’re not paying for the casket, but you describing the type of casket you’d like to be buried in.

Next you’ll want to detail how you want in your funeral service. Include readings and songs that should read and performed. You’ll also need to specify who oversees the funeral service and provide their contact information.

Finally, you can address burial arrangements and services you’d like the funeral home to provide for you and your family during the funeral and at the cemetery.

It’s extremely important to document everything in your funeral plan. For example, if you want people to donate to causes or charities instead of sending flowers, specify that. Outline your funeral service. Write your obituary, if you’re so inclined.

All of this should be included with your other important papers and stored in a fireproof home safe or a bank safety deposit box. Whoever will be handling wrapping up your affairs, including taking care of funeral arrangements, after you’re gone should have access to the safe or safety deposit box.

Finally, sit down and talk with your family about your funeral plan so that everybody in the family knows what you want and will be on the same page when you die.

If you’d like to know more about funeral planning at funeral homes in Shaker Heights, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit us at our funeral home at 25900 Emery Rd., Warrensville Heights, OH 44123, or you can call us today at (216) 831-7906.

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Understanding What Next of Kin Means

Guidance on who qualifies as next of kin is part of the cremations services in Warrensville Heights, OH that are offered. While we tend to think of next of kin as a colloquial phrase, it is actually a legal phrase in the United States. It determines who can make decisions for someone at the end of life if they don’t have a living will or other advance directives in place and who is in line for legal duties and inheritances if the person doesn’t have a will or living trust in place.

Generally, next of kin refers to someone’s closest blood relatives, which can include both immediate family and extended family, depending on who is alive that is the closest relative. Next of kin has significant legal meaning for end of live medical decision and for the rights of inheritance.

If you create a will, then you designate who executes it and who the beneficiaries of your estate – property, financial assets, and personal belongings – will be and how much of the estate each beneficiary receives.

However, if some dies intestate – without a will – then the legal statutes of Ohio will determine who your next of kin are when deciding on the beneficiaries of your estate. This may mean that things you promised to certain people won’t be done, because there’s no legal document with those instructions.

When determining the line of inheritance for next of kin, a surviving spouse and children are first. The surviving spouse will get most of the estate and the rest will be split among the children.

However, if you do not have a surviving spouse or children (biological or adopted), there is an order in which next of kin is decided.

If your parents are still living, they will be first in the order. Next will be any siblings that survive you. Grandchildren are next in line, followed by your grandparents, if they are still alive. Next are nieces and nephews, then aunts and uncles. Finally, great-grandchildren and great-grandparents, they’re still living, are in the line of inheritance.

Once the next of kin have been identified, then the state will appoint an administrator to distribute the estate. Most of the time, the administrator is a blood relative. If a spouse or children survive you, one of them will most likely be appointed as the administrator of your estate.

Next of kin comes into play when you are unable to make medical decisions for yourself, such as in the case of a coma or dementia. If you don’t have a health care directive that appoints someone as your medical proxy, then the closest blood relative will be designated as your medical representative.

The order for making medical decisions for you is your spouse, your adult children (for minor children, parents or guardians are first), your parents, if they are living, and a line of succession similar to that if you die without a will.

To ensure that your wishes for medical care, end of life decisions, and your estate are handled and carried out the way you want, you should get a health care directive (living will, DNR, etc.) appointing the person you want to make medical decisions for you if you are unable and what you want and done want done to prolong life if you are dying. You should also have a will or a revocable trust drawn up with the distribution of your estate spelled out. Both of these documents are legal with just your signature and a date, but you should try to get your will or revocable trust witnessed and notarized.

For more guidance on qualifications for next of kin after cremations services in Warrensville Heights, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit our funeral home at 25900 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights, OH 44123, or you can call us today at (216) 831-7906.

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Have the Last Word

Part of the funeral process at funeral homes in Warrensville Heights, OH includes getting a tombstone or memorial to place at your gravesite or the gravesite of a loved one. Much of what happens during the funeral process are established rituals that can include some originality, but don’t stray too far from the predictive pattern.

There is the visitation, followed by the funeral service. Then there is the graveside service, followed by burial. And then some sort of reception or meal for the mourners after the graveside service.

Each of these parts of the funeral process has a format that doesn’t vary a whole lot, although some of the internal things may be more creative and original. Your tombstone or the tombstone of a loved one is a blank piece of marble or granite that is a canvas upon which you can leave your mark for future generations.

So what would you want your tombstone to say? Vince Gill, a country music artist, wrote a song about a husband who routinely cheated on his wife by going to bars, taking his wedding ring off and putting it in his pocket, and giving the appearance of being single and available. Gill predicts that the man will be caught and killed by a jealous husband or boyfriend, and the epithet on the cheater’s tombstone would read, “Here iies a rich man with a pocket full of gold.”

While none of us would want that kind of tombstone or memorial epithet, we all can think of that one last thing we might want to say after we’re dead. Of course, if we don’t choose our epithets, our family members might get the pleasure of giving us our last words.

A few examples of real epithets on tombstones can show us how creative some people can get and how tombstones can be used, even if inadvertantly. On R. Andersen’s (who was clearly a computer guy) tombstone, the epithet is, “Connection reset by peer. He came, he saw, he logged out.” Another memorial placed for George Johnson, who died in 1882, reads, “Here lies George Johnson. Hanged by mistake. 1882. He was right. We was wrong. But we strung him up, and now he’s gone.”

When a husband dies young, and leaves a young widow, a tombstone might be a matchmaking tool. Consider the tombstone of Jared Bates: “Sacred to the memory of Jared Bates. His widow, age 24, lives at 7 Elm Street. Has every qualification for a good wife and yearns to be comforted.” When the wife of a monument maker dies, the tombstone can be a marketing tool for the family business: “Here lies Jane Smith, wife of Thomas Smith, Marble cutter. This monument erected by her husband as a tribute to her memory. Monuments of this style are 250 dollars.”

Tombstones and memorials are not just rectangular, round, or tall pieces of granite or marble anymore. For example, in a rural church cemetery in northeast Tennessee, where most of the residents are farmers, a tombstone for a lifelong farmer and his wife depicts the family farm in vivid colors on a black background, and the epithet is, “Always Home.”

Other tombstones are being custom-designed to look like electric guitars, teddy bears, or favorite flowers. Scenes are often now painted on tombstones, with a smooth finish applied to the marble or granite. One couple had a tombstone built that was a life-size replica of a Mercedes Benz. The work took two years and the cost was over $250,000.

If you’d like to know more about tombstone customization at funeral homes in Warrensville Heights, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit us at our funeral home at 25900 Emery Rd., Warrensville Heights, OH 44123, or you can call us today at (216) 831-7906.

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Speak from the Heart

After cremations as part of Cleveland, OH cremation services, the grieving process begins for the family members who have lost a loved one. When these family members are friends or extended family, we immediately are moved to comfort and support them, but we don’t often know if we should say anything, or if we do, what would be the right thing to say.

In reality, sometimes more silence than words is okay if we don’t know what to say and we’re afraid that we might say the wrong thing. But we can acknowledge the loss of a loved one and we can express our sympathy to our grieving friends and extended family members.

When someone is grieving, they may simply want to talk about their loss and their grief (some people don’t want to and we should respect that as well). They are not looking for advice or wisdom or counsel. They just need to be able to express to another person how they are feeling. We can show our hearts in this case by just listening with an empathetic ear.

Many of the feelings of loss and grief are complicated. They can range from anger to sorrow to fear and to regret. It can be hard to hear grief out loud, and we might be tempted to try to counter what our grieving friend or extended family member is saying by, in essence, disagreeing with how they feel and what they are saying. This can make things so much worse.

What we need to do instead is step back and put ourselves in their shoes. What would we want someone to say to us if we were in the throes of grief and emotional turmoil? Something kind and understanding that comes from an empathetic and gentle heart would sooth our wounds of loss instead of aggravating them.

Another way to show and speak from our hearts is not to disappear after a few weeks of supporting and consoling our grieving friends or extended relatives. One way to disappear is not making the time to check in with them regularly to see how they’re doing. They may not be up to in-person visits, but we can text or call them to let them know we care about them.

Another way to disappear is more subtle, but also much more hurtful. This disappearance consists of being impatient with our friends’ or extended relatives’ grief by essentially telling them that it’s time to move on and get over it. If you want to damage, or possibly destroy, a relationship, this is a sure way to begin the process.

Grieving takes time, and no two people grieve openly – grief, in some shape or form, lasts the rest of ife – the exact same way or for the same amount of time. It takes a lot of patience sometimes to listen to some of our friends and extended family members say the same things and express the same feelings over and over for an extended period of time.

But this is a part of healing and we need to affirm the validity that they are feeling these things and give them a safe and supportive environment to work out their grieving, no matter how long it takes. That’s friendship and that’s love.

For more information about grief resources as part of Cleveland, OH cremation services, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit our funeral home at 2165 E. 89th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106, or you can call us today at (216) 791-0770.

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Many Urban Cemeteries are Almost Full

After funerals at funeral homes in Cleveland, OH in the near future, it may be quite difficult to find a cemetery with a single cemetery plot for sale. Cemeteries in urban areas are simply running out of space. Many of them have removed sidewalks, acquired more land around the cemetery, and shortened the amount of space between plots to continue to accommodate burials. But the amount of available land is finite.

Even the largest urban cemeteries, like Arlington National Cemetery, are facing a land crunch. Arlington National Cemetery is projected to run out of cemetery plots by 2041.

Baby Boomers, the largest generation since World War II, are now aging and beginning to die. As Baby Boomers die, they will push the land shortage that urban cemeteries are facing to its absolute limit. Baby Boomers moved out of small towns and into urban areas at a level and pace not seen in any generation before them. Once they got to urban areas, Baby Boomers eventually established homes and families and continued to contribute to the population growth of these areas.

What is problematic about cemeteries running out of space in urban areas is that many people want to be buried near where they live or they want to be buried with family members. That may not be possible in the future, and some people may have to choose cemeteries that are further away from where they live or where nobody else they know is buried.

Although it’s estimated that there are about 10,000 cemeteries in the United States, there is no concrete data on whether they are all active cemeteries or whether they still have room for future burials. Very few new cemeteries have been built in the last decade anywhere, but especially in urban areas.

One reason is because land is so expensive, and there so little of it available, in urban areas that cemeteries simply can’t compete with commercial interests in acquiring more land. Another reason is the ubiquity of housing developments, where huge tracts of land are purchased by developers and houses are built and governed by a homeowners association. Neither the people who purchased the houses nor the homeowners associations want a cemetery, figuratively speaking, in their backyard. So part of the contractual agreement for the housing development includes what is allowed on the land – and around it – and what is not.

About 76 million Americans will turn 78 between 2024 and 2042. 78 years of age is the average life expectancy in the United States. If all of those people decide to be buried in a casket, 130 square miles would need to be added to American cemeteries.

However, there is a silver lining. Since cremated remains can be buried in a cemetery and they take up much less space than a casket, cremation opens the avenue for more burials in urban cemeteries. With more than 50% of Americans choosing cremation over traditional burial, with that percentage expected to rise to 80% by 2035, cemeteries are now creating spaces for urn burials. These urn gardens are landscaped and maintained just like the rest of the cemeteries where caskets are buried. This may be the answer to keep urban cemeteries active and room available for several more decades.

If you’d like to learn more about funeral planning at funeral homes in Cleveland, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit us at our funeral home at 2165 E 89th St., Cleveland, OH 44106, or you can call us today at (216) 791-0770.

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The Effect of Grief on the Elderly

Grief resources are among cremation services provided in Shaker Heights, OH. Elderly people are affected by grief in very profound ways. When elderly people lose loved ones, which is more frequent and often includes spouses, existing health problems can get much worse, living arrangements may have to be changed, and stress gets much more intense.

Because the elderly experience grief more frequently, as friends, family members, and peers die, they may sense that their time to die is closing in on them, which can lead to greater feelings of anxiety and loneliness.

The emotional and physical ways that grief may affect elderly people are different than for younger people. Grief always has an impact on physical health. However, elderly people are much more susceptible to severe health problems after a loved one dies because their stress levels are significantly elevated for a longer period of time.

A decrease in appetite is one physical symptom of the effective grief on the elderly. Many older people have a normal decrease in their desire to eat. They will eat fewer meals and their meal portions will be smaller. However, grief can decrease their appetites even more, which can lead to malnutrition and dehydration.

Feeling confused during the grieving process is common at any age. However, among the elderly this confusion can be much worse and lead to periods of forgetfulness, disorganization, and disorientation. Since these are many of the same symptoms associated with cognitive impairment and dementia, testing should be done to eliminate these conditions as the source of confusion.

Elderly people are more likely to experience significant life changes following the death of a loved one, especially a spouse, then younger people. For elderly spouses who were married for many years, the loss of the other spouse creates a void in caring and support. The surviving spouse may find themselves having to leave a home that they’ve lived in for many years and either move into small apartment, in with their families, or into an assisted living facility. These kind of life changes magnify the stress of grief.

Another loss that elderly people may experience following the death of a spouse are financial difficulties. Unless there is life insurance or financial investment that ensures financial security, many elderly people who lose their spouse also lose the fixed income that the spouse received. So instead of living on to fixed incomes, the surviving spouse has to make it on one fixed income. This is also an extra stress added to the grieving process.

Another source of stress associated with grief among the elderly are the feelings of being isolated, alone, and lonely. Losing a spouse, a close friend, or close relative can mean losing someone to confide in, to talk to, or to spend time with. Younger family members are usually wrapped up in their own lives with and raising families, so they don’t have a lot of extra time to spend with older family members (and they don’t realize what older family members are feeling and experiencing). This can lead to elderly to believe that they are truly all alone in the world, which can exacerbate the stress associated with grief.

Grief support and grief counseling are good resources for elderly people who are dealing with extra stress and different grief than their younger counterparts. Many of these resources are free.

If you’d like to learn about grief resources and cremation services in Shaker Heights, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit us at our funeral home at 25900 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights, OH, or you can call us today at (216) 831-7906.

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Reducing Funeral Stress

Funerals at funeral homes in Shaker Heights, OH can be very stressful, but there are some important ways that some of the stress can be reduced. There will always be stress associated with funerals. There is the stress of losing someone we love, whether the death is expected or unexpected. There is the stress of the grieving process, which is at high intensity right out of the gate. There is the stress of all the activity that surrounds the funeral process, including accommodating out-of-town guests, planning the funeral, and in many cases, either the expectation of or the materialization of family drama. That’s a lot of stress.

However, there are some things that we can do to mitigate some of the stress.

It’s important to remember that even in an emergency situation, which a funeral is, we have more time than we think we have. One of the biggest stressors surrounding a loved one’s death is planning and arranging a funeral in a very short period of time. While it’s true that there are certain things that need to be done rather quickly after someone dies, there’s still more flexibility in the schedule that we might think.

For example, if your loved one is going to be having an underground burial, but it will take several days for all the family members to arrive, the funeral home is able to plan for that and accommodate that within reason. In the case of cremation, memorial services can be held any time after the cremation. That may be days, weeks, months, or even a year or more later. So take a deep breath and figure out what needs to be done immediately and what can wait.

Another way to reduce the stress of funerals is to talk about them before they happen. Even though in Western culture, we avoid talking about death if at all possible, if the family talks about and plans for the funeral of a loved one before they die – or the loved one themselves talks about and plans for their own funeral – then it’s just a matter of setting the plan in motion. There will still be stress with doing this, but the stress of having to figure out all the little details and wondering if we’re doing what are loved one would’ve wanted is eliminated.

We need to understand that talking about and planning for funerals in advance, whether for ourselves or for a loved one, is not the same as giving up on them. Somehow, our society has been conditioned to believe that once you talk about someone’s death, then you’ve thrown your hands up and given up on their lives, which is tantamount to just not doing anything else for them. Where this idea came from is a mystery, talking about death and planning for death is not abandoning our own lives or the lives of somebody we love.

Another way to reduce funeral stress is to embrace the idea of death as a natural process. Hospice care organizations provide end-of-life support so that people who are dying can die comfortably at home surrounded by the people they love. Dying in a hospital is unnatural to us and all the sounds and the activity that often accompanies death can create a lot more stress.

Again, having hospice care at home is still stressful. However, it is less stressful in the long run, because everybody’s at home, including our dying loved one, and a peaceful (hopefully) and comfortable environment.

For more ways to reduce funeral stress at funeral homes in Shaker Heights, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit our funeral home at 25900 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights, OH 44123, or you can call us today at (216) 831-7906.

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Writing a Traditional Obituary

Helping write obituaries is among the cremation services provided in Warrensville Heights, OH. Although there is a growing trend toward writing more creative obituaries, most obituaries still follow a traditional format.

You have the choice of where you want them published. Both digital and print editions of newspapers have a cost associated with them (most charge by the word) for obituaries. Funeral homes will publish obituaries on their websites as part of their service to you and your family. There are other digital options for publishing obituaries as well. Some may be free and some may have a cost associated with them.

Traditional obituaries have several elements included.

The first is the announcement of the death. It includes the deceased’s name, age, and residence at the time of death. Do not include street addresses, because there are people who regularly scan obituaries to see when homes will be empty so they can burglarize them. Simply include the city and state.

There are many ways to say someone has died. While some people are comfortable with using the word died, others feel it’s too harsh, so they’ll use phrases such as passed away, went to their heavenly home, and went to be with the Lord. There’s no right or wrong way to express that someone has died, so use the phrasing that you are most comfortable with.

The next element in an obituary is a list of the immediate family members who have died before the deceased, including parents, siblings, spouses, and children.

A brief biography is the next thing that should be included in a traditional obituary. This should include important events, qualities, contributions and connections in the deceased’s life. These are things like the date and place of birth, parent’s names, date and place of marriage, birth name of spouse, education, work, and military service. Within this, the impact that the deceased had during their lifetime should be highlighted.

The next element in an obituary is a list of the family members and friends-who-were-like-family who survive the deceased. The order should be surviving parents, surviving spouse, surviving children (and their spouses’ first names in parentheses), surviving grandchildren, and any other family members or friends that were special to the deceased.

Arrangements are listed next. These will include the arrangements for visitations, funeral or memorial services and burial (if the deceased is not being cremated). Dates, times, and locations of all funeral arrangement events should be included as well.

The next section of the obituary is for special messages that the family of the deceased would like to communicate. This is where requests for donations instead of funeral flowers should be placed as well as thanks to hospital staffs, hospice staffs, and individuals who may have been involved in taking care of the deceased before they died.

Photos are now very common in obituaries. If they’re being published in a newspaper, they are an additional cost (color photos cost more than black and white), while they are part of the funeral home’s services if they’re published on their website. Choose a good quality (good lighting, no smudges or creases, and dressed nicely), recent photo of the deceased for the obituary.

If you’d like to learn more about writing obituaries and cremation services in Warrensville Heights, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit us at our funeral home at 25900 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights, OH, or you can call us today at (216) 831-7906.

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Someone Has Died. Now What?

Before funerals at funeral homes in Warrensville Heights, OH, there are several things that need to be done immediately after someone dies. The first thing that needs to be done is that a medical professional has to call time of death and then fill out a Pronouncement of Death form. If the deceased is in a hospital when they die, then medical staff will take care of this.

The next thing that will need to happen is for arrangements to be made to get the deceased person to the funeral home. You should not have to do this. Hospital personnel will contact the funeral home and arrange for the deceased to be transported. Medical staff will then clean and dress the deceased before the funeral home staff arrives to take the body to the funeral home.

However, you do need to let family who are not already there and close friends know that your loved one has died.

Next, if the deceased person has dependents and/or pets, you need to make sure that adequate care arrangements are made for them. Some people with children have already appointed godparents to take care of their children when they die, so you will need to contact them. However, if the godparents live far away, then you will need to arrange temporary care arrangements for them until the godparents can get there.

It’s important to remember that the death of an owner or parent(s) has a profound effect on both pets and children, so they need to be in a very supportive, comforting, and loving environment as they adjust to the reality of someone they love deeply being gone.

If the deceased was employed, you need to notify the employer of the death and ask for information about any benefits or pay that may be owed. If you don’t know, you should ask if the deceased had life insurance through the company. If they did, be sure to get all the information you need so that the insurance benefits can be claimed.

If the deceased’s primary care physician doesn’t already know, you need to make sure that they are informed about the death.

While doing all of these things may seem daunting and overwhelming, create a task list and assign everyone who is there to help with a portion of the tasks to do. This will prevent the entire burden from being on one person’s shoulder and will make the process faster and easier.

If a person who is in home hospice care dies, your first notification will be to the home hospice agency. One of the nurses will come to your or the deceased’s home and complete the Pronouncement of Death. The hospice nurse will also contact the funeral home about transporting the body, and will then clean and dress the body before the funeral home staff gets there.

Hospice provides final care kits and all medications for hospice-admission illnesses, so once the funeral home takes the body to transport it to the funeral home, the hospice nurse will work with the primary caregiver or a family member to properly dispose of all medication that hospice provided. They are legally required to do this, especially with narcotics.

For more information from funeral homes in Warrensville Heights, OH about what to do after someone dies, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit our funeral home at 25900 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights, OH 44123, or you can call us today at (216) 831-7906.