Big Mistakes People Make When Losing A Spouse

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Ignoring Legal and Financial Matters

When someone dies, it is important to take care of their financial and legal matters. U.S. News says, “You may be emotionally gutted, but the electric still needs to be paid.

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Neglecting to Plan for the Future

While you will want to spend time reflecting on your new life and remembering your spouse, it is important to work on setting new personal goals and objectives.

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Failing to Communicate with Children and Family

Grief can be a very personal experience, and everyone close to your spouse will be grieving in their own way. While it is important to prioritize your own feelings and mental health.

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Neglecting Self-Care

The National Council on Aging says that in the 90 days following a spouse’s death, the remaining partner has a 66% increased mortality rate.

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Ignoring Legal Documentation

Managing the probate process can be tricky, but it is important to carry out the necessary processes. On top of this, it’s likely that a lot of your legal and financial documentation is linked to your spouse

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Overlooking Tax Implications

Whether you are set to inherit or your financial situation will change, you may face consequences with your taxes. It is a good idea to seek professional advice to ensure you are managing this in the most efficient way

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Avoiding Financial Planning

While you might want to ignore your new reality, it is important that, after a loss, you reassess your finances and make a new plan for the future.

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Isolating Themselves

It’s understandable that you may want time to yourself to process your grief, but it is important not to isolate yourself from your friends and family entirely

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Discarding Personal Belongings Too Quickly

Sorting through your spouse’s belongings is an extremely emotional experience, and as a result, it’s important to respect the time and stages of the grieving process so you don’t throw away something that you later regret.

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Not Seeking Emotional Support

Grief is hard, and it can be a long process, so it might be helpful to explore therapy or counseling options in order to help you make sense of your feelings.

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Overlooking the Grieving Process

According to Healthline, grief is very personal; “it’s not very neat or linear. It doesn’t follow any timelines or schedules. You may cry, become angry, withdraw, or feel empty. None of these things are unusual or wrong.” T

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