Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cause of Death Pending

At times, a death certificate may be issued with the cause of death listed as pending. This generally happens when an investigation is taking place and the cause of death is in question. Death certificates are necessary for legal, financial and real estate purposes. Most applications do not require cause of death, the exception to this rule is of course insurance. If your insurance policy has an accidental death rider, you will want to file for an amended death certificate after cause of death has been determined.

Filing for an amended death certificate is easily accomplished. In most cases, you need only contact your local registrar, fill out the necessary forms, pay the required fees, and amended death certificates will be issued.

The difficulties associated with “cause of death pending” are the unresolved questions of the family. Parents, children, and spouses find it difficult to understand and recover when the cause of death is pending. Acceptance is the last stage of Dr. Kubler-Ross’ five stages of grief. For most people, the death of a loved one is the ultimate trauma experienced in life. If the cause of death is pending, the family may find it difficult to begin the work of acceptance. If acceptance is unobtainable, complicated grief may become a reality. Complicated grief is the prolonged suffering of a survivor. Complicated grief may affect the functionality of the survivor.

Generally, the cause of death will be revised once the investigation has been completed. There are however certain circumstances where cause of death may not be determinable. In such a case, family and close friends may find it very difficult to recover. If you are suffering this type of loss, you may find it helpful to join a support group or to seek out a counselor. Your funeral director should be able to help you find various organizations that focus on helping the bereaved through such extreme circumstances. Your road to recovery may be slow and arduous. You may think there is no hope. You may find yourself filled with despair. My dear friend, do not allow yourself to continue on without intervention. There are people and organizations willing and waiting to help you. Do not do this alone. It is too difficult. Allow those around you who love and care for you, to lend a helping hand. If you do so, you will realize that there is hope and love abounding. Family and friends love and care for you. Allow them the opportunity to help.

My name is Tracy Renee Lee. I am a funeral director, author and freelance writer. It is my life's work to comfort the bereaved and help them live on.

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