What To Do After The Death Of A Loved One?

What To Do After The Death Of A Loved One?

The death of a person is an unavoidable and difficult case to bear. It can be due to an illness or an accident, etc. You will necessarily be caught off guard. And you won’t know what to do. Find out here the different steps to follow.

Inform family members


The death of a loved one is painful enough. The first step is to tell your loved ones and family. Of course, the way you tell them will differ if you are talking to a child or a teenager. For distant family members, you can do it by phone. If you choose this method of communication, it is best to know all the details of the funeral so that you do not have to make several phone calls.

Make a declaration of death to the appropriate agencies.

This is the first administrative step. The declaration of death must be made either by a doctor or another authority. Certain information must be included in the declaration of death: last name, first name, date of death, etc. This administrative formality is mandatory.

This declaration must be made to the town hall of the place of death within 24 hours. This will allow him to establish the death certificate. It would be wise to make several copies because you will surely need them for certain administrative procedures.

Requesting authorization to bury at the town hall


Once the declaration of death has been established, proceed with the request for a burial permit at the town hall. This document is issued by the registrar of the commune where the burial will take place. The burial permit is essential because it guarantees the proper conduct of the funeral.

Do not confuse the burial permit with the burial authorization. The latter is issued by the town hall or the municipality where the person died. You must then send it to a funeral company so that it can organize the funeral.

Distribute death notices

The publication of death notices is very important to inform all the people concerned. They facilitate the communication of all the necessary information, especially about the funeral ceremony. Since a death notice is for information purposes, certain information must be included:

  • The name of the deceased
  • The date of death
  • Information about the funeral ceremony
  • The time of the funeral…

Various models of announcements are available, from the most discreet to the most decorated ones.

Organize funeral ceremonies


After obtaining the burial permit at the town hall and the distribution of the invitations, you can organize a funeral ceremony with peace of mind. To do this, organize a funeral rite with family and close friends.

Funeral ceremonies differ from one another. Indeed, funeral rites vary according to religion. There are Catholic, Protestant, and Hindu funeral rites, among others. This ceremony is usually done before the burial.

Think of contacting a company that specializes in funeral ceremonies for the organization (putting in the coffin, transport towards the place of burial…). This type of service will help you to concentrate on your mourning better. A funeral company will take care of certain services such as burial, exhumation, cremation, or repatriation of the body. It can also take care of the maintenance of the cemetery and the burial site.

In short, after the death of a loved one, you are required to follow specific procedures to ensure that the ceremony takes place under the right conditions and without hindrance.

Most of us are afraid to hear about the death of a closed or loved one, and hearing this is never a pleasant time. However, death is an integral part of life and the human experience and will happen to all of us. This is the only thing that is guaranteed in life. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about death.

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