After my spouse passed away on October 8th, besides the grief one goes through, you feel completely helpless in how to proceed with the everyday tasks.
I did the obvious and called Social Security to tell them about his death so his checks would stop. I called the office that sent monthly pension payments and called his primary care physician as well. Then I called his 2 credit card companies and bank.
He had stopped driving months ago and sold his car so I didn't have to contact the Registry or Insurance company.
While I was at our local Senior Center during open enrollment to review my medicare options, I asked the employee if there was some information (check list) for seniors who lose a spouse that would give them all the information necessary. She told me that she didn't think so.
I then sent an email to the Senior Center Director asking her the same question, stating that if there wasn't such a list that I would like to recommend they create one. I haven't heard back but I'm sure she's quite busy during open enrollment. I may call in a few days to make sure she did indeed receive it.
I'm thankful we had a will drawn up a few years back and didn't have to worry about that!
I will follow up and let you all know how I make out with this task. So please, stay tuned!