Security Concerns After the Death of a Loved One

The death of a loved one or a close friend is a trying time. Coming home from a funeral and finding your house ransacked and robbed, or discovering that an identity thief has stolen your deceased loved one’s information is extremely upsetting. Beinhauer Funeral Home would like to offer a few tips to prevent any security challenges from occurring during the time of a loved one’s death.Secure Your Home at A Funeral

For funerals that are of a great distance, get a house sitter, or, ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home.  It’s difficult to keep funeral service details private if you intend to invite the community to participate in celebrating your loved one’s life.  Yet, if you ensure that your home is well monitored, it’s unlikely that there will be any issues with burglary or vandalism.

If your deceased loved one lived alone, it’s also prudent to enlist a house sitter for their home.  If their home will be empty for a considerable amount of time after the funeral, it’s a good idea to invest in an alarm system.  Also reach out to friendly neighbors who are willing to help check the property from time to time for damages, and work with the home’s insurance company to conform to their standards.  If a house is unoccupied for a period of time, some insurance companies restrict or revoke coverage for property.

Finally, be sure to protect your deceased loved one’s identity by working with your funeral director to complete all necessary paperwork.  One of our funeral directors will assist you by filing the death certificate with appropriate state agents, and will complete and file a form with the social security administration alerting them of the death.  If you have specific questions about social security benefits, please call 1-800-772-1213 for further information.  In order to protect your loved one’s privacy, the social security administration does not discuss benefits with anyone other than the legal next of kin.