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When a loved one dies

  • This information is only a guide for what to do after death. It should not be considered all-inclusive, as other legal or professional advice may be necessary.

    A message of support

    On behalf of everyone at Allina Health who gave care and support to your loved one, we wish to express our sincere sympathy to you and your family upon the death of your loved one.

    Though words cannot take your loss away, it is our hope that this information will assist and support you through this time of grief.

    If you find yourself in a crisis or, if you feel inconsolable, call your county crisis line or 911. Our list of crisis services may also help.

    May your sorrow be eased in the days ahead.

    Some things you may need to know

    This guide will give you some practical help in facing the many tasks ahead of you.

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    Delay major decisions

    The time following the death of a loved one can be very stressful. If at all possible, delay making major decisions, such as selling property, giving away personal mementos and disposing of personal belongings.

    • You may need to retain an attorney to assist with some items.
    • Be cautious about signing any papers without the review of an attorney or someone you trust.

    Quick reference phone numbers

    Allina Health Grief Resources, 651-628-1752

    Internal Revenue Service Information, 1-800-829-1040

    Internal Revenue Service Forms, 1-800-829-3676

    Minnesota Department of Public Safety, 651-296-6911

    Minnesota Department of Revenue, 1-800-657-3781

    Senior Linkage Line, 1-800-333-2433

    Social Security Benefits, 1-800-772-1213

    Veterans' Benefits, 1-800-827-1000