Every Family is Different

Nearly all of us over 55 have experienced it, either first hand or through a close friend. Whether expected or not, it is difficult to cope with the loss of a parent.  Reflecting on the life lost to us, the characteristics, the values, and the idiosyncrasies that made that person special occupies our energy and thoughts. There are a lot of things to tend to, but it is often difficult to do when coping with such sadness.

A huge task is sorting and clearing your loved one’s personal possessions. This is both emotionally and physically draining. Families often respect and cherish the life lived in the estate. These belongings are all that remain of their loved one. How can one possibly decide what to keep, what to give away, and what to sell. It is not as straight-forward as you may think. As Lee Hughes put it in a recent article in The Age (Confronting One of Life’s Hardest Tasks, 4/3/17): “It’s quite intrusive and it’s a really difficult thing to go through, particularly when you’ve lost them and you’re sifting through their memories.”

We understand that every family is different. Some just need help with the physical aspect such as packing, and removing rubbish. Others often need advice about how to organise and sell treasures. Some need a complete inventory of the goods, so they can remotely sort through them on paper.

Whatever the need, caring for items that make up a deceased estate is part of expressing respect and love for the person that has been lost to us.

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