My husband’s dead, he can’t cash a check!

The business of death has a long life.  It’s been almost five years since I became a widow, and the water bill is still in Robert’s name.  After many many phone calls, I found a customer service representative who was helpful.

“No problem, we’ll get this straightened out. I’ll close the account in Robert’s name and you’ll be issued a new account number under your name.”

Great.  I questioned why simply changing the name wasn’t an option, but never got an explanation that made any sense.  A few days later I received a check,  a credit from the old account,  made payable…to Robert.   A week later a notice that the account was delinquent – in the amount of the check – arrived in the mail.   That was addressed to me.

The bureaucracy of a last breath is overwhelming.  Tackling the Death To Do list, what tasks haunted you?

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