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Lost my mother to Leukemia

hrtbrkn
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Joined: Mar 2009

I just lost my mother to leukemia 2 days ago. To think she just found out about it last year. The fact I had less than a year to spend with her hurts a lot. Four months prior she refused to take chemo treaments and she just went on a slippery slope downwards into deaths arms.
I'm not alone. I have my sister and my nephew struggling with this too. Each person goes through it their own way though. I've been left with the responsibility to take care of the life insurance and the bills and everything else related with money and it's scaring the hell out of me. I don't know where to start. I don't know who to call. I just don't know. My mind has been wiped slate clean and I feel like I'm left with nothing to go on.
The fact that my mothers body is in the morgue of the hospital makes me cringe. How long will they hold my mother? I know to get my answers I would simply just have to call or visit and ask questions. The thought of doing so is unfavorable. Does anyone know of the 1st steps to getting this ball rolling? I know I have to write an obituary and get a certified death certificate in order to claim the insurance. My mother wishes to be cremated. Do they do that at the hospital or do I have to go to a funeral home for that? I guess I have to get in touch with her lawyer? I don't know what to do. I'm so lost

green50
Posts: 318
Joined: Feb 2008

I would see your mother's lawyer and see if there is a will. And if so he can help you from there. My aunt died of Leukimia also and I know it was not easy for you. I believe you have to go to a funeral home for the cremation. My sister did that with her husband. I am so sorry for your loss and the burden that was put on you. I would assume the lawyer would know or be able to help on what to do. I hope all goes well and again I am so sorry.
Prayers and Hugs
Sandy

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