What to do when someone dies at home

When your loved one dies at home, you may not know where to begin – especially if it was an unexpected death. The first few hours after the death can be overwhelming and stressful. As you begin making decisions, some items will need to be addressed sooner than others.  Read on to know which items you should address now.

Palliative care vs. hospice care

When exploring treatment and end of life care options, families often confuse hospice and palliative care. Hospice and palliative care both aim to provide pain and symptom relief for patients. While palliative care can be coupled with curative treatment, hospice care provides pain relief for patients with terminal illnesses who have ended all curative treatments and have a life expectancy under six months. All hospice care is a type of palliative care, but not all palliative care is hospice.

What to do when someone dies

The first hours after the death of a loved one can be overwhelming and confusing. Consider making a list or download our end of life checklist to paint a clear picture of what needs to be done. As you review the items, take advantage of family members and close friends that offer help. Try to delegate responsibilities to lighten the load.