How do you know what to do next if you’ve never been through this before?
When a person dies, many hospitals and hospices and care facilities have packets of information about next steps.
- Finding a funeral home.
- Figuring out what the funeral director might need.
- Obtaining a death certificate.
- Finding words that will help you process what’s happening inside you: This Is Hard: What I Say When Loved Ones Die
Support for kids
Children often need help making sense of death. Organizations like Erin’s House for Grieving Children in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Ele’s Place in Michigan provide places and programs for children in their communities. They also have online resources that can be used by anyone.
How to lead a service
Jon Swanson, Giving a Life Meaning: How to Lead Funerals, Memorial Services, and Celebrations of Life. (Fort Wayne, Emerald Hope Publishing House, 2020).