Everyday occurrences can trigger an unexpected emotional reaction. We are not recommending or assuming any particular actions must be completed.

This is only to help identify what could trigger a response and is not an exhaustive list.

Around the house or Work

  • Laundry— Are there items of the deceased in the hamper, washing machine or dryer?
  • Food Items– Are there specific food items/medicine bottles in the pantry or refrigerator that belonged to the deceased?
  • Personal Items—Is there sporting gear in the laundry room, etc. that needs to be removed?
  • Household Pictures– Would the family like pictures of the deceased taken down and placed out of site temporarily? If so, gather for possible use at the funeral home.
  • Bedroom or Office— Does the door to a specific room need to be closed to be kept out of sight temporarily?
  • Workplace Triggers– Are there picture frames or memorabilia in the office that may need to be removed?
  • Familiar Scents—Colognes, tobacco, lotions may trigger emotions
  • Mail - Does he mail need to be checked for correspondence or doctor appointment reminders?
  • Knickknacks - Are there any around the house from vacations may need to be put away temporarily?


  • Be aware of any upcoming anniversaries, birthdays, or holidays
  • Favorite movies or songs on the television or radio may trigger emotions