I have been an attorney for over 21 years and I have seen my share of families grieving after they lose a loved one. Death is never expected, even for those who are terminally ill. What compounds the problem is that the family left behind now is tasked with wrapping up the affairs of their loved one, all during a time they are grieving.
Did you know that on average over 100 tasks need to be completed after someone passes such as finding and closing bank accounts, credit cards, claiming life insurance benefits, pensions, social security and much more? The look of complete exhaustion and the overwhelmed faces of the family at trying to do this all while living their lives is unforgettable. This then crosses over to work. A person does not check their grief at the door of their job at 9 in the morning and then pick it back up when they leave at 5. And in today’s society, most families live in different states and cities which means frequent travel will be required to tend to the affairs.
And don’t be fooled into thinking that because you have a will that all is good. That is just the start. It typically addresses only the high line items and assets in a person’s life. What we have seen over and over are families ripped apart by the “little things”. Epic arguments and ruined relationships occur over over pots and pans, shoes, clothes, mementos, pictures, etc. But this can all be handled and prepared for with a minimal amount of time and thought by using solutions like DocuVital.
Helping your employees prepare for both the “big things” and the “little things” are key to making a smooth transition when they lose a loved one. Assisting them during the ultimate time of loss and grief will be one of the greatest benefits you could ever provide them.