People die in hospitals all the time, and yet that doesn’t make it any easier when the deceased is a loved one like your mother or father. You have relied on them your entire life, and have every right to grieve. Things can become complicated, however, when you have children and they were close with their grandparent. In this instance, you need to be a rock, because your children need support and love in this trying time. To help you all get through this situation and to start to heal, follow these steps.
Bring Your Family Together
There is no better time to bring the family together than after a loved one’s passing. By having all of your loved one’s nearby, you can share in your grief. The hardest part about losing someone is experiencing the loss alone. By experiencing it together, you can support one another and help fill the void the deceased may have left.
Understand the Nature of Their Death
It is difficult enough dealing with the gaping hole in your life where your parent once filled, must less being confused about how their death happened in the first place. If they went in for a routine surgery, for example, then how could that have translated into never seeing your mother or father again? When there is suspicion surrounding your parent’s passing, it is likely that there will be an inquest. An inquest into a death more or less means that the coroner in your area will launch an investigation to determine when, how, and why your loved one has died. If there has been any negligence or criminal activity at play, then you have a case on your hands. Rely on professional help so that you can either see justice served or, at the very least, get some compensation so that you can comfortably afford the funeral.
Plan the Funeral
Funeral planning can only begin after the inquest is complete and the body is released. The first step from here will be to contact a funeral parlour to start the process. They will be able to organize the wake, the funeral, and the burial, but if you want extra services like a fancier coffin, then you will likely have to use external services and providers.
Before you agree to anything, make sure that you can afford it. There is a fine line between giving your loved one the burial they deserve and going broke because of it. By financing correctly and even sharing in the cost you can reduce the monetary requirement and instead focus on healing. Even if you have a claim for compensation, don’t go overboard, as it can take a long time before the case is settled and you see your monetary compensation.
Losing someone during a routine surgery or other non-life threatening procedure is always going to be difficult. People don’t go to hospitals to die, they go to be saved, but that isn’t always how the story plays out. By coming together as a family, you can make it through the following steps together, and start to heal as a family.