Grief support groups, condolence advice, funeral etiquette and more
Latest Conversations: Jul 23, 2019
Started by Lynda Baron. Last reply by Louise Hayes Jun 21, 2018.
Started by LauraAnnetteR. Last reply by Diamond Sep 24, 2016.
Started by Michael Bussiere. Last reply by Barbara Rieger Jul 24, 2016.
Most insurance companies will require an original death certificate. for the beneficiary to claim benefits under their loved one's policy. Some insurance companies will not give the original death certificate back.
Thanks Barbara. Our stories sound similar. My Dad was frail too - had Parkinson's, kidney problems, battling lymphocytic leukemia. He had given up golfing but was still bowling. They tried a new chemo treatment on him and his legs kept giving out. They put him in rehab, and he never really came back to himself. He caught pneumonia also. They took him in on a Sunday and he did early Thursday morning. I am very lucky I have good friends at work, church and great neighbors. It was actually one of my friends at work that suggested the just do one or two things a day! It works! Still finishing up my insurance/tax stuff, switching around bank accounts (since November). Also trying to get through my Dad's stuff and get the house in order. The one or two thing a day rule works there too. It is great for me too to talk to people going through the same thing.
Debbie, you are an inspiration to us all. Thanks for the suggestion of just trying to do two things a day besides feeling lost and empty I feel like I am drowning in all my Dad's paper work. Here you are with your problems and your helping all of us. My Dad and I have always been very close and he went to the hospital and in just a couple of days he was gone. He was pretty healthy but frail caught the flu and that went into pneumonia. End of story. I sure do miss him; so glad to find nice friends like you to vent with it does help. It must be very hard for you too. We both had to wonderful Dads. I know with time it should get easier. God Bless You Debbie Your suggestions are very helpful to the rest of us. I will pray for you that you can have some peace as you try to carry on. Barbara
Rick, sorry, I just read your story. So sorry for your loss. I know a bit how you feel. I am single too. My Dad and I lived together and were very close. I feel his loss all around the house. So sorry for losing your parents so close together. Sounded like they both died peacefully. Are you close to your brothers and sisters? I am an only child also. All you can do is feel your feelings and you will get through this. If you need to talk, we are here.
Wow, all of you. Lance, it is 15 years tomorrow for my Mom. About 4-1/2 months for my Dad. Barbara, so sorry for your recent loss. If you are like me, I freeze when I'm overwhelmed. Try to get one or two things done in a day. And yes, I'm still taking care of things since end of October! Melinda, that made me so sad, you have had so much loss. You are very strong. I don't know if I could have handled all that at one time. Rick, welcome to the group. Let us know a little about your situation. People here understand.
I looked this up:Secure a physicians death certificate which will be needed in dealing with insurance companies and real estate matters.Locate estate planning documents such as living will or trust. Share this with younger family members because I'm sure this is stressful for you.
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I lost my Mom age 80 2/10, my daughter just turned 30 4/10 then my little brother who was 54 on 9/22/14. I'm still dealing with my daughter and my brother. My suggestion is hire a lawyer. Good luck.
I just lost my dad on Feb. 6 2015 I am finding it very difficult to cope, plus all the things I have to do since I am the one elected to handle all of his affairs. Most of my family were all sick and could not even attend his funeral that was a big blow to me that included my brother and my Dad's sister plus all there kids, and grand kids. I did most of the funeral arrangements alone, my Dad was 97 years old and I am 77 years old. What a blow this has been, I feel like I am drowning in all the paperwork involved. Any suggestions??
This April 3rd will mark my Dad's 16th year since he died and on April 16th will mark my Mom's 2 year passing, its been a rough past few years but everyday I am getting stronger and accepting of it
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