What Should You Do Before an Imminent Death Occurs?

By: Tom Gallagher
Thursday, May 14, 2020

An unexpected death can throw a family's life into chaos but slow, anticipated death is a different kind of grind. You have some time to prepare and make arrangements, but you are also experiencing grief and loss before death occurs. At the Nutmeg State Cremation Society, we encourage people to prepare for imminent death as much as possible. There are several practical and healing steps you can take to reduce the impact of the event. Here’s a look at these steps:

1. Make Sure the Estate is in Order

It is a good idea to take care of the ailing patient’s finances, estate, and obligations early. Many people hesitate to do this because they don’t want to think about money or come across as selfish. However, organizing the estate early can prevent infighting and help families come to terms with the change.

2. Mend Relationships

It is common for people to regret harsh words and missed opportunities after a loved one has passed away. Not many have the luxury of time to reconcile their differences and reconnect. If a patient is facing imminent death, bring the family together, and work on healing old wounds. It shows the loved one that you really care and their family cherishes them.

3. Make Funeral Preparations

Many funeral homes offer pre-planning services. You can make preparations early so the family has time to grieve after a loved one has died. Pre-planning ensures the entire funeral goes smoothly and there are no issues that pop up at the last minute. It also gives a patient the opportunity to make their wishes known and ensure they are followed.

At Nutmeg State Cremation Society, we provide comprehensive funeral services and can help you with all aspects of the process so if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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