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 to 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 sight temporarily? If so, gather them 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 the mail need to be checked for correspondence or doctor appointment reminders?
- Knickknacks — Are there any around the house from vacations that 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.
This article is not intended to assist those currently experiencing a serious mental health crisis. Please dial 911, visit your nearest emergency room, or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for more assistance.