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You have a lot to do after a loved one's death

The unexpected death of a loved one is the first event in a long line of things that you might not be prepared for. If the person who died is a loved one, you might be responsible for his or her final arrangements and other related matters. Here are a few things that you should consider if you've recently lost a loved one:

One of the priorities is going to be getting the funeral arrangements made. You need to contact a funeral director to make these plans. You will need to decide between burying your loved one or cremating him or her. You will need to write an obituary and plan the services that you will have for the person.

Another thing that you need to do is to handle financial matters. This includes paying bills that you are responsible for and getting tax returns together and filed. It also includes handling the probate matters for the person.

You will also need to take care of yourself. The death of a loved one is emotionally draining. You might find that you go through stages of different emotions that are hard to handle. Make sure that you work through these so that you don't fall into a depression.

When the death of your loved one was because of someone else's negligence, you might decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This course of action can help you deal with the financial devastation due to the accident, but it can also help you hold that individual accountable for your loved one's untimely death.

Source: CBS News, "Death in the Family: 12 Things to Do Now," Kate Ashford, accessed Jan. 12, 2018

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