How to Tell Someone a Loved One Has Died

By: Louis Bruno
Friday, June 28, 2019

If you have been entrusted with the responsibility of making all the arrangements for the funeral service of a loved one that has passed away, it is necessary that you handle this task in the best possible way. One of the most challenging aspects of shouldering this responsibility is to inform family members and close friends about the death.

Some Things To Keep In View

This task needs to be handled sensitively and how you inform them about the death would linger in their memories for a long time. If you are not very sure about how you can break this news, here is some information that can help.

  • As far as possible, make it a point to meet your family in person and inform them about the death. If some of your family members are in a different geographical location, you would be left with no option but to inform them over the phone or via some other medium such a Skype, etc. The idea is to make sure that you inform them about this in a personal way, and they will have the comfort of seeing you face to face on a video calling service.
     
  • If you are breaking the news to a very emotional or sensitive family member, it is a good idea to dedicate some additional time for that task. When you are grieving, it can be a little difficult to have this discussion with such individuals, and it can drain your energy as well.
     
  • When you are informing family members about the death, identify a space that is very calm and where you would not be disturbed while you are talking to the person. Be direct rather than trying to skirt the issue.

If you want to know more about our funeral services, don’t hesitate to contact us at Charles J O’Shea Funeral Homes. Our team will be happy to help.

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