Life Events

Death of Spouse

The passing of a loved one is perhaps the most painful event in life. No one should have to grieve alone. At this time of a loss it is important to surround yourself with your personal support group who can help console and counsel you at this time. Your personal support group includes family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and your religious community. In some cases you may also wish to seek the guidance of a professional counselor. In coming to terms with your loss, you will take some time to recollect your loved one. You can appreciate the blessings which their presence brought to your life, even if the time they could stay with you seems to have ended too soon.

With the support of your family and friends you will be able to gather the strength to complete the necessary details which must be faced by the survivors. There is much to do; the linked check list may give you a starting point from which to work. It is advisable that the tasks be divided up if possible between loved ones. In this manner, the necessary steps can be completed, and no one person bears the entire burden. It is natural and normal that the pain and grief of the survivors will take some time to heal. Make full use of your personal support network.

Plan Checklist

  • In the event of the death of a spouse of a participant, the Plan Office should be notified. The staff at the Plan Office are ready to help as much as possible, and to make sure the survivors understand the benefits implications, obtain the necessary forms and know how to submit the required documentation.
  • If you are the surviving participant, you will need to change your designation of beneficiary using the Designation of Beneficiary Form. If you have retired under the Pension Plan, your benefits will change only if you are drawing your pension under one of the "pop-up" forms. But, you may need to change your beneficiary, which is done on a different form than the Performer Information Form. The Plan Office will help you further when you call them.

Also Consider...

External Links

  • Hospice Net

    Articles on grief, bereavement, death and dying. Hospice nurses and professionals provide email support.

  • Bereavement Support Groups

    Online grief support groups and bereavement forum for coping with loss & death of a loved one.

  • About.com Death and Dying

    About.com resources for palliative care, hospice, and end-of-life issues.