Losing a spouse is never an easy thing to deal with – emotionally or financially. Many people who have lost a spouse feel adrift in a sea of doubt, without an anchor. Simple interactions may suddenly appear too daunting because their “other half” is missing.
The emotional loss, though, is only the beginning.
If the deceased spouse was the primary source of income, or handled all the family finances, it gets worse, especially if discussions about death and finances weren’t comfortable topics. It’s typical for the survivor to attempt to continue living in an accustomed lifestyle, but this may not be feasible or even possible. Effective coping begins with regaining a sense of organization. The surviving spouse should seek the services of an elder law attorney to administer the estate of the deceased, and to update his or her own estate plan.