Ask for help

Immediately After a Death

Grief can be difficult enough on its own, but it can be even more challenging when it occurs while you are managing the administrative, legal, financial, and funeral work needed.

To help alleviate the burden, ask friends and family for support, or hire service providers. Delegating tasks to others will help you not only manage all you need to do, but more importantly, give you the time to focus on what's most meaningful.

Examples of daily support to ease your current situation include, but are not limited to:

  • Food and meals (cooking, grocery shopping)
  • Daily maintenance (cleaning, laundry, yard work)
  • Dependent care (children, elders, pets)
  • General personal administration (errands, appointments)

Feel comfortable accepting support if friends and family offer, and feel confident speaking with professional services about the sensitivity of the moment.

Lightbulb_Icon.svgGood to Know If you are helping a loved one navigate this process and see that they need help, consider volunteering these types of services or hiring someone to help on your behalf.

Guides_Icon.svgRead More For more information about grief and supporting your mental health or a loved one's mental health after a death, see the "Manage Mental Health" section of the Guide.

Providers to Contact


Psychologists Near You

A therapist who focuses on grief is a mental health professional who specializes in helping people deal with grief. They can provide support and guidance to help you manage everyday life while experiencing grief.

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Grief Groups Near You

Grief groups are support groups for people grieving the death of a loved one. They can provide emotional support and practical advice for dealing with grief. They can also be a place to share stories and connect with others going through a similar experience.

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Immediately After a Death