What To Do When Someone Passes Away in Your Home

What To Do When Someone Passes Away in Your Home

Losing a loved one is always challenging, traumatic, and difficult to navigate. If this loss happens in your home, it can be a crippling experience and dealing with the aftermath is a daunting task. After someone passes away, it is important to focus on taking care of yourself while handling necessary logistics, such as making funeral arrangements and deciding what to do with the body. The responsibility of cleaning your home and disinfecting the area where someone passed can and should be entrusted to professional biohazard cleaners, who are trained to handle such situations with care and precision.

Notify first responders or hospice care

If a loved one passes away in your home, it’s important that you let authorities know right away or consult hospice care if appropriate. Medical professionals and first responders will arrive and can confirm the death that occurred at your home while you work to identify the appropriate next steps. If the person was in hospice, a plan for what happens after death will likely already be in place and the team involved in care will be able to help.

You’ll next need to get a legal pronouncement of death which can be officially done by someone like a doctor or hospice nurse. This person will fill out the forms certifying the cause, time, and place of death and will make it possible for an official death certificate to be prepared. It’s also important to arrange for transportation of the body and if no coroner’s investigation is required, you will likely need to contact a mortuary or crematorium. Funeral directors or hospice workers can help make arrangements to remove your loved one’s remains safely.

Take the time you need to process and grieve

Death, regardless of if it was expected or not, can be incredibly difficult to process. You may feel rushed to prepare arrangements and locate documents, but it’s important that you also take the time you need to grieve and care for yourself. Everyone grieves differently and there may be a variety of emotions that accompany the loss from anger and guilt to sadness and despair. 

Start the process of notifying agencies about the death

When someone dies there are many people, agencies and institutions you will want to notify, some sooner than others. First, you’ll want to contact your relatives and friends as well as the deceased’s employer so they can handle payroll matters and workload. Next, with a death certificate in hand, you should notify:

  • The Social Security Administration (if the deceased was receiving Social Security benefits, you will need to stop the checks).
  • Life insurance companies (you’ll need the death certificate and policy numbers).
  • Credit agencies, specifically Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion (this is important to prevent identity theft).
  • Banks and financial institutions (you’ll need a copy of the death certificate to close or change accounts). 

Hire professional biohazard cleanup companies

Grief is overwhelming, and when you are faced with healing after a loss, you must take the time and space you need. The aftermath of a death at your home can be particularly challenging as property owners may have to handle the aftermath, including proper bodily fluids cleanup and legal hazardous materials disposal, while still coping with the traumatic event. 

If a loved one has passed away in your home in Louisiana, please do not hesitate to contact Xtreme Cleaners for professional and compassionate support. We understand the weight of such a situation, and we are here to offer our compassionate and professional services to help you and your family during this difficult time. Together, we can help you take the first steps towards healing and recovery after a traumatic event.