Title: Financial Matters After Loss | overlaid on image of waterlilies (Miranda Hernandez)

Financial Matters After Loss

Adrian's Elephant

Something that isn’t often discussed within the loss community is the subject of financial matters associated with the loss of a child. Whether medical bills related to pregnancy or a child who didn’t live, or the costs of a funeral, death is expensive. And while some families pay these costs out of pocket, some find themselves in the weird situation of filing a claim with their life insurance, and then deciding what to do with the difference. Lastly, depending on the cause of death, some families are forced to decide whether or not to pursue a lawsuit. And that can be messy, both legally and emotionally.

Posts collected here talk about various aspects of money and financial matters associated with the loss of a child.


Close up of metallic artwork in rustic red blending into blues and greens, found in California (Miranda Hernandez)

022 – Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 12:18 AM

I say your name. That part is easy. I will forever love the sound of your name, the feel of it in my voice. What I can’t say is what happened to you.

Sunset over Koloa, Kaua'i, Hawai'i (Miranda Hernandez)

Death and Taxes – Why the Federal Government Doesn’t Consider My Stillborn Son to be a Human Being

Money is a difficult subject in general. It doesn’t surprise me, then, that money matters associated with death are doubly hard. I never thought I would be reading about the financial “benefits” of losing a child. I never thought anything like that would be relevant to me.

Fenced walkway at Hatley Castle, Victoria, British Columbia (Miranda Hernandez)

Paperwork and Taxes

Child Care is expensive. Pretty much everything involved in raising a child is expensive. I’m not complaining, though. It’s all better than the alternative.