Things to Do After The Funeral
Within 7 to 10 days after the funeral you should acknowledge those who extended special help, or sent flowers, or made contributions to designated charities. While you may also wish to acknowledge letters of sympathy, it is not necessary to answer notes or cards. Your funeral director may offer you a selection of acknowledgment cards, or you may want to use your personal stationary. It is also proper to acknowledge all those that may have done special favors, the pallbearers and others.
Handling Letter and Calls
There will be a number of letters and phone calls for the deceased and they may continue for some time after death. Do not let these upset you, remembering that these people are making an unintentional mistake.
If a properly prepared will exists, the executor named is authorized to make the necessary distributions. This can only be done after the will has been submitted for probate, and letters testamentary are received from your court. If there is no will, an appointed administrator will distribute all property according to your local laws. If there should be any questions regarding estates, please consult your attorney.
Life Insurance Policies
It should not be difficult to find a representative of the company that holds the life insurance policy on the deceased. Your funeral director will obtain the necessary certified death certificates, and they should be submitted to the insurance company with the proper forms for payment. Payment is usually made within 30 days, and different payment plans may be made available to you. Your insurance representative will be able to answer any questions you may have.
Monuments and Markers
A monument or marker should be installed at the cemetery as soon as time permits. It is a wise decision to check with the cemetery official to find out if there are any restrictions as to size or material of the monument. Many different styles are available, and it is wise to take your time in making your selection. Your funeral director or monument salesperson will be glad to answer your questions in this regard.