Today's article is courtesy of Memorials of Distinction, gravestone specialists. Louise and the rest of their team understand how difficult it is when a loved on dies, and they've put together this information to help face the inevitable matter of dealing with the aftermath of a death.
When a loved one dies, there's a blur of decisions that have to be made and no matter how practical you are, dealing with the essentials can be tough when you have just suffered a bereavement, especially if it's a close relation or dear friend.
The funeral is often the hardest part when a loved one has died, but even once you've said your final goodbye, there's still a long list of tasks to complete and duties which must be carried out.
Some of these need to be seen to straight away while with others, there's the luxury of time. Here we've taken a look at how to deal with your loved one's personal possessions when the time comes.
When to face it
Rifling through a loved one's belongings can feel like a terrible invasion of privacy, even though logically you may know it's something which needs to be done. For some people, there's a desperate need to get matters seen to straight away, while others prefer to delay the inevitable; leaving things unchanged can be a comfort when the worst has happened.