Things to Do When Someone Dies

When a death occurs to someone you love, you are tasked to deliver the news to family and friends to inform them of what had just happened. Here are the things you should do, immediately after the demise of a dearly departed.

Who to Call First

Upon the death of a loved one, the next thing to do is to inform relatives and family friends. It is essential for them to know what had just happened and for them to cope with the situation. Also, as part of the bereaved, it will be helpful to feel the care and sympathy relatives and friends can provide in this time of emotional need.

What do you say when you make the call?

Here are some points to consider when delivering the news.

  • Meet face to face – It is best, if possible, deliver the news face to face. If you meet personally, you can immediately assist family and friends when they happen to break down of distraught. Though meeting personally may not be possible all the time, it is the best way to deliver the message is possible.
  • Answer immediate questions – In the immediate shock after you telling family and friends of the death of a loved one, many will ask what the cause is. You need to be able to answer these kinds of questions clear and concise. You don’t have to go into details in answering but giving them an overview of what happened is enough for most people.
  • Always be tactful – Keep in mind that receiving news about the death of a loved one is emotionally shocking. Always be mindful of your words and be understanding when delivering the news. It is much better If you can soften the tone of your message so as not to distress the people receiving the news deeply.
  • Adapt to their reaction – After delivering the news, make sure to give them time to react. Always expect different responses from different people. Some people want to have a hug, burst into tears or want to be left alone. So, keep a keen eye to their responses and give them space.

Posting the news online

Social media is one of the most pervasive means of communication today. It has far surpassed the ability of television, radio and print to deliver information. During the height of traditional media, news posted on a newspaper or broadcasted on television and radio about the passing of someone is called obituary. Today, you can write up an obituary and post it on social media sites. However, you need to craft the write-up carefully. Here are some of the tips to consider when writing an obituary for social media.

  1. Write the name of the deceased, their position or achievement.
  2. Write the birth and death date of the deceased.
  3. Compose a heartfelt message of condolence to the bereaved.
  4. Mention the family left by the deceased — the spouse (if applicable), children, and parents.
  5. Finally, post the location of the funeral and the date and time of the internment.

Through social media, you can reach a massive amount of people in an instant. So, make sure to draft the obituary correctly, revise and edit it before posting it online.