The entire time growing up until I got married, I lived with either family or at least one roommate. After being married for 35 years, my wife Kimberly passed away on November 1st in 2021 and I found that it was just me. I'm adjusting as best I can, and will eventually get through this obvious rough period.
But the main thing to discuss here today is some of the "digital" impact of a loved one's death. You see, my wife had known health problems which we had discussed at length many times, and yes we had worked out a lot of preparations well before her passing. Many things such as memorial service vs funeral vs burial vs cremation are common things one works out. Things like dealing with bills, a spouse’s name on property or bank accounts are also fairly well documented for people to figure out even with little to no plans. But the whole digital side was a challenge.
My wife's main pieces of communication technology were her laptop and and her iPhone. When I say core technology, I mean the tech that talks to all of the various accounts. As a result, many of the things needed were passwords to her dozens and dozens of accounts online, and having a lot of them cached in phone apps and a web browser just made things that much easier for her to access them.