What Did A Death Do?

The death of an ancestor can result in more than a death certificate, an obituary, a funeral, or an estate settlement. In some cases, the death of one parent can send an entire family into a financial tailspin, especially if the recently deceased parent was the sole provider for the family. Children may end up being farmed out to relatives or neighbors or have to quit school and go to work.

Even in families where the children are grown the death of a parent can change the family dynamics.