How to Find the Burial Site of a Deceased Friend or Relative
Dealing with the death of a family member or friend can be difficult. One of the ways that many people choose to deal with their grief is by visiting their loved one’s burial site, whether to talk, lay memorials, or just reminisce. However, if you weren’t on good terms with the person when he or she died, the family dislikes you, or you’re researching deceased family members, you may not have that location information.
Being able to visit someone’s burial site can be therapeutic in many ways. It’s important that you’re able to do so. Instead of grieving for your loved one alone, try these methods to find his or her burial site.
Contact Funeral Homes and Cemeteries Nearby
If you think you know at least the general location where your friend or family member died, you can look into cemeteries in that area. Usually, if you call the cemeteries and ask about records, they’ll be able to help you. Just make sure you have the person’s full name and other identifying information. If you don’t know the exact date the person passed away, having even vague information such as the year or month can be very helpful.
The biggest problem with this option is that it’s a lot of work, and can be quite emotionally taxing. Asking about someone you were close to who has since passed away is hard, and it may exacerbate the grief you’re already feeling. If you think it’ll be too much of a mental strain to keep asking about your loved one, it’s probably a better option to try a different tactic.
Ask Friends and Family
If you weren’t on the best of terms with the person at the time of their death, or you’re curious about a relative who died a long time ago, you may be able to start with close friends and family. You may be trying to make amends, reconnect with your heritage, or just find out more about your family history. Either way, other loved ones might be interested in helping.
This definitely isn’t a foolproof plan, however. If you aren’t on good terms with your immediate family, or your family doesn’t know very much about the past, you could quickly run into a dead end. It also depends on how far back you go. After all, over 100 billion people have been born, and the further back you go, the more likely it is that records are scarce. If you run into a dead end with this option, don’t worry, as other options exist.
Find Any Relatives You May Not Have Known About
You might not be on good terms with your deceased loved one’s family. You also might not know anyone who was related to the person, or just fallen out of touch with some of your own relatives. If you don’t have any idea where to go next, when all else fails, go online and use a people search engine like PeopleFinders.
When it comes to finding information about your deceased loved ones, PeopleFinders can surely help. As long as they were adults living in the United States, you can look them with a quick people search. When you do so, you can find information on when they passed away, and where they last lived. This will put you on the right path to finding their burial site.
You can also see relatives and other people associated with the person. It’s a great place to start if you’re not sure whom else you can contact about a deceased friend or loved one. You might even come across someone who’s willing to join in your quest to find out more.
When a loved one dies, it’s natural that you’re going to need time to grieve. However, one thing that can complicate the grieving process is simply having no idea where to go for closure. If you’ve run into problems finding where a friend or relative died, you do have other options. Before you give up on finding that ever-important closure that you’re looking for, make sure you’ve exhausted all your options. Use PeopleFinders to get in touch with other relatives and contacts, and hopefully figure out where you can go to pay your respects.
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