Along with the grief that comes with losing a loved one, family members also take on the responsibility of notifying many organizations of their death. To make this process easier, we have provided a list of the most important organizations to contact when your loved one dies.
For the U.S., usually, your funeral director will notify Social Security about your loved one's passing. However, if they don't, call 1-800-772-1213 or your loved one's local office's number. At Basralian, we notify Social Security of your loved one's passing, but you will need to get into contact with them if you would like to apply for any surviving spouse death benefits.
Be sure to contact their employer. If your loved one had health insurance through their job, their employer will likely take care of contacting their provider. If not, you should also notify their health insurance provider.
Their Insurance Companies
Along with their health insurance provider, contact their other insurance companies which typically include life insurance, auto insurance, and homeowner's insurance.
Their Financial Institutions
Hopefully, your loved one kept organized records of all their financial information. You will need to contact their bank, financial advisors, stockbrokers, and mortgage companies. Also, make sure to close all of their credit card accounts, and notify credit reporting agencies such as Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion.
Their Driver's License Organization
To prevent identity theft, contact their state or province's division of motor vehicles to cancel your loved one's driver license. Note that the organization's name and rules vary depending on the state or province that your loved one resided in. Also, if applicable, notify their local election board to reduce voting fraud.
Any Clubs or Organizations They Joined
Was your loved one a part of a fraternity or sorority? What about any professional organizations? Be sure to contact all of them. This is especially important if your loved one was a veteran, since they may qualify for assistance on funeral expenses.
Social Media Companies
Remember, many of these financial institutions, insurance companies or other institutions may require a death certificate as proof. Order enough copies of the death certificate, so you don't run into any problems while contacting these organizations.
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