The grief of losing someone you cherish is so intense, and you are suddenly confronted with managing the administrative aspects, and this can be so emotionally challenging. At Beleiv, we understand the stress associated with those losses, which is why we strive to offer you guidance on all the steps that need to be undertaken after losing your loved one. In our detailed guide below, we’ll step through each of these, sharing helpful tips and guidance to help you get through this stressful time in the best way possible.
1. Transportation of the Deceased:
This is typically the immediate first step. Death can happen in any place — your living room, a hospital, or even a foreign country. Unfortunately, when someone suddenly dies, you have to decide how to transport the body to its burial plot. If the person has died outside India, especially in a foreign country, we assure you of a dead body air transport service in Gurgaon to take your loved ones back home.
It’s an essential service to make sure that the body of your dear one is safely brought to its hometown. We realise how important and emotional it can be, and we are here to help with the process and a dignified return for your loved one.
2. Taking Care of the Body:
Once your loved one’s body is back in your care or at a chosen location, the next step is to provide proper care for their remains until the final arrangements are made. This stage can be conducted either at a funeral home or within the comfort of your own home, depending on your preferences and cultural considerations.
Ensuring your loved one’s body is treated with respect and care during this period is essential. If you choose to have your loved one cared for at home, it is common practice to cleanse the body, dress them in appropriate attire, and possibly shroud them as per cultural traditions. Dry ice is often used to maintain the body’s condition during this time. Some cultures and spiritual beliefs allow for the body to rest at home for several days, providing an opportunity for friends and family to pay their respects.
Alternatively, you may opt for a funeral home to handle this process, where your loved one will be prepared for the funeral or memorial service. Regardless of your choice, it is important to ensure that your loved one is cared for with the utmost dignity.
3. Filing the Death Certificate:
After you’ve received (or taken) your loved one back into your care (or at your preferred location), the next task will be addressing the needs of caring for their remains until the arrangements can be completed. This can take place either at a funeral home or in the comfort of your own home, depending upon your desires and customs.
It’s important to care for the physical details of your loved one during this time to make sure their final wishes are honoured as they should be. If you opt to care for your loved one at your residence, many people do a final cleansing of the body. They dress them, sometimes with something special they would have worn, often culturally specific, and sometimes shroud them. During such times, dry ice is commonly employed to keep the body in shape. In some traditions or spiritual paths, they’ll keep the body in the house for 2-3 days, giving folks who care about them time to bid farewell.
Or, you can choose to have the funeral home take care of it, where they’ll do all the preparations for the funeral or memorial ceremony on behalf of your loved one. Wherever you decide this type of care should be delivered and where you live, the key is ensuring that your relative receives their care in a dignified manner.
4. Embalming or Refrigeration:
This leads to a decision about whether embankment or refrigeration follows. Often, your decision depends on what you plan for the last goodbye.
When there is going to be a public viewing or visitation, embalming is a customary method. It involves the maintenance of the body through a meticulous process. If you choose this route, you often need to get it done within two days of your loved one dying. State laws dictate how soon after death you can have someone embalmed, but again, it’s critical to follow these laws.
Conversely, if you would like cremation and you don’t intend to have a viewing, refrigeration may be better. Custody of the body until the cremation is taken through the refrigeration process.
To clarify, some families may opt not to embalm the deceased person, and that is okay. Your selections must reflect your cultural values, individual preferences, and legal necessities.
5. Arrangements for Visitation and Funeral:
Arranging visitation and funeral services is a pivotal aspect of commemorating your loved one’s life and providing closure for friends and family. This step involves several important decisions and considerations:
- Selecting Date, Time, and Venue: Working closely with our funeral director, you’ll need to choose the appropriate date, time, and location for the visitation, wake, and funeral ceremonies.
- Visitation or Wake: Decide whether you would like to hold a visitation or a wake. These gatherings allow friends and family to pay their respects and offer condolences.
- Choosing the Type of Service: Determine the type of funeral service that best reflects your loved one’s life and your family’s values. Whether it’s a religious service, a secular ceremony, or a celebration of life, we are here to help you plan and customise the service accordingly.
- Casket or Urn: Depending on whether you choose burial or cremation, you will need to decide between a casket for burial or an urn for the cremated remains.
- Additional Arrangements: Funeral services often involve additional details, such as selecting music, arranging for pallbearers, designing flower displays, and creating the funeral service program.
- Eulogy: If a family member or close friend intends to deliver a eulogy, we can assist in crafting a heartfelt tribute to honour your loved one.
- Picture Displays: Some families opt to include picture displays as a way to celebrate their loved one’s life. Choosing and collecting these photos can be a meaningful but time-consuming task.
As you carry out these duties, it is important to keep in mind that grieving is a natural and necessary component in the process. Making decisions can be difficult when you’re struggling with the emotionally heavy impact of loss.
Our staff stand ready to offer advice, comfort and assistance, ensuring you have the space and time to grieve and celebrate the life of your lost loved one.
At such an emotional time, we’re here for you with understanding – supporting and guiding you through the process of laying to rest somebody special to you. We want to make sure that your loved one is given a fitting and respectful send-off, and we realize what this time requires. We’ll be there to assist you in finding the appropriate way to remember your loved one and to make all the necessary arrangements to do so.