In partnership with the Liz Logelin Foundation, the Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation has created a checklist for the newly widowed, or the friends and families of people who have recently lost a spouse. As organizations founded by other widowed people, we understand the trauma, fear, confusion, and loneliness that begins the instant your spouse or partner dies. We want you to know that there is a network of support, built by people who have lived through this same experience, available to you. Though you may be too overwhelmed to need us now, we will be here whenever you do.
There are a few things that we wished someone would have told us as we waded through the paperwork that is necessary when someone dies. This list is not an all inclusive road map, is not intended to be used as legal advice, and should not be considered a substitute for a meeting with a duly-licensed estate attorney, but it will provide you with some tips that may make things easier in the weeks and months ahead.
These are just a few of the things we have learned through our combined experiences. One other thing we know is that talking to other widowed people helps.