Easy Checklist | Who to Notify When Your Loved One Passes Away

Easy Checklist Who to Notify When Your Loved One Passes AwayAs you or someone you know begins their journey through the grieving process, it can be a very daunting and challenging task to remember who needs to be notified of their passing. Beginning with close family and friends is a good start, but the extent of who should know is much larger. Often times, you may not even know where to start or how to begin. We hope this summary and helpful checklist will help make the process of notification much smoother and easier. We want to ensure you do not add stress to your life as you continue to move forward towards a path of peace.


It is hard to keep track of what appointments one may have had, meetings they were to attend or even if they had a library book due soon. The list below is to help you manage who needs to be contacted. We suggest that you ask family members to help with contacting each person, company, etc. to help make the process less overwhelming. Please note that this is a general list, so some items may not apply to your family situation.
Personal and Financial Contacts
• Employer
• Attorney
• Accountant/Financial Planner
• Life Insurance Companies
• Investment Managers
• Credit Card Companies
• Bank/Credit Union
• Loan Companies
• Apartment Manager/Landlord
• Church (outstanding tithe)

Commercial Services
• Cable/Internet Company
• Cell Phone Company
• Telephone Company
• Gas/Electric Company
• Water Department
• Home Security Company
• Parking Permit/Travel Pass
• Auto Dealer (if vehicle was leased)
• Lawn Care Service

Health Services
• Physician
• Home Health Care Agency Aides
• Health Insurance Company
• Dentist
• Optometrist
• Pharmacy
• Veterinarian

Memberships/Subscriptions/Clubs
• Newspaper Carrier
• Post Office
• Golf/Country Club
• Health Club/Gym Membership
• Homeowner’s Association
• Book of the Month Club
• AAA or other Auto Clubs
• Season Event Tickets (transfer)
• Meals on Wheels
• Magazine Subscriptions

Misc
• Voter Registration
• DMV License Branch
• Library Card
• Charities (outstanding pledge)

Please remember you should not have to tackle this checklist alone. It is extremely important that you reach out to those around you that have offered help. It will help take the burden off your shoulders. Many of the items listed above require attention to detail — adding stress to what is already a pretty emotional time. We want to be there for you and your family at this very difficult time in your lives. Should you have any questions or need guidance on how to work through this notification list, please do not hesitate to contact Willwerscheid Funeral Home & Cremation Service.