Moving after you lose a loved one is hard and heartbreaking. In some cases, people can no longer afford the bills, so they must relocate. Other times, they’re just meeting the terms of the estate.
There are ways to make it less stressful. But, with extra care, you can still have a good experience.
Follow Legal Guidelines
Before they die, some people list every possession down to the last tablecloth. Others pass with no notes on anything they owned. Your job is to follow the rules.
Dealing with the terms of an estate can be easy or challenging, depending on the details. For example, if your loved one had many valuable antiques or jewelry, you should confirm all of the guidelines.
It’s even more complicated if you have survivors who don’t agree over the will or handling of the estate. So before you start sorting, you might want to consult a lawyer in this case.
Ask for Help Sorting
Sorting through a loved one’s belongings can trigger grief, even if they died years ago. So you’re probably going to need help going through those personal items.
If you can, ask a close friend or family member to assist. Choose someone who can help you stay on task. The last thing you need is to bring in a helper who encourages you to linger over every item.
Start with things that don’t have a lot of attachment for you. Then, you’ll make more progress. You’ll also save time for the more complex decisions.
Avoid Making Quick Decisions
Most moving experts recommend that you declutter and thin down your belongings before you move. It’s not always the right decision when you lose someone, though.
It’s tempting to want to wipe out a lot of the sadness by donating or giving away the decorations, furniture, and bedding. But, unfortunately, grief can make you do things you wouldn’t expect. As a result, you may get rid of something and regret it later.
Instead, give yourself time. Pack items and keep them in storage for a while if necessary. You’ll know when you are ready to go through them.
Get Help With Packing and Moving
Grief is more than sadness. It can weigh on you like a sickness. Sometimes it takes months before you return to your former energy and mood.
If you have a strict timeline for moving, you may need help with packing and moving. Professional packers can’t tell you what to keep, but they can pack it with care. Movers can take the load off your shoulders. That way, you can rest when you have the chance.
Make Space for a Loved One
Many people say that after they move, it’s like creating a blank slate. Memories of loved ones sometimes stay in the old home.
Of course, you may still grieve for them. But, you’re not going to forget your loved one just because you don’t live in their home anymore.
Making a shrine at home helps a lot of people create a place to process. Add pictures and a few favorite items. It gives you a tiny spot in the new home where you can think about your loved one.
The loss of a loved one sometimes involves a move, but you can make it easier. To find out how we can improve your moving experience, schedule a consultation today.