When a loved one passes away it’s one of the most distressing, emotionally unsettling times you can go through. You’ll probably be in some degree of shock. And you will almost certainly be feeling a sense of overwhelm at the prospect of organising everything. What do I have to do? Who do I have to contact? And where do I start?
We all respond to stress differently. So first things first – take some comfort in knowing that there is no ‘right way’ to handle this situation. Every passing – like every individual and family – is different and has its own unique set of circumstances. Grief too can manifest itself in a variety of ways – both physically and emotionally. Just be kind to yourself while working through everything. Remind yourself you’re not an expert. And that you’re simply trying to do your best for the deceased and everybody involved.