Coping With Loss: Help for Widows and Widowers
Dealing With Grief
Taking It Slow
Doing Your Own Thing
Finding Someone Else
Creating a New Life
Talk to Someone
Attending to Practical Matters
- Notify all your family members, or have a relative do it.
- Notify the bank, insurance company, your lawyer, and all creditors.
- Be aware of benefits, retirement accounts, and financial issues.
- Contact Social Security to apply for surviving spouse benefits, and ask about your eligibility for Medicare. If your spouse was a veteran, contact the Veterans Administration regarding benefits.
- In planning the funeral, consider your finances when picking a casket and funeral package. Do not feel you have to spend more than you can afford. Funerals can be costly, and many seniors have pre-arranged funeral plans.
It Is Not Over
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) http://www.aarp.org/
Mental Health America http://www.nmha.org/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/
Mental Health Canada http://www.mentalhealthcanada.com/
AARP final details: a guide for survivors. American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) website. Available at: http://www.aarp.org/griefandloss/articles/70%5Fa.html.
AARP: special section on grief and loss. American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) website. Available at: http://www.aarp.org/griefandloss.