5 Non-Obvious Things You Must Do Quickly When a Loved One Dies

Trouble can come in fast

George “Ace” Acevedo
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The first day of dealing with a loved one dying may be the most challenging time of your life.

The grief and sadness hit hard.

Despite your feelings, there are obvious things that need to be done right away. You may need to call 911. Then, the mortuary needs to be called. The family needs to be notified.

Even though they’re difficult, you do them because they are important and necessary.

However, it’s also essential for someone to remain clear-headed enough to take care of a few things you might not think of. Some of these I learned the hard way after helping a few friends and family members through hospice.

For example, my mother-in-law Elaine’s identity was hacked three days after she passed because of her home nurse.

The first thing to do is find their book of passwords, if they have one, and hide or remove it from the house.

This one thing alone can prevent a lot of havoc. Elaine’s password book disappeared the day she died. The hospice nurse took it and then passed it on to others, who proceeded to get into her Apple ID account to order iPads.

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George “Ace” Acevedo
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Writer. Noisemaker. Visual Artist. Former radio guy who knows a little about a lot.