SORTING THROUGH PERSONAL EFFECTS

The death of a loved one is the most heart-wrenching and difficult time any person can endure.

There is no more emotionally draining and time-consuming task than sorting through a lifetime of belongings of a recently deceased family member or friend. Not only is the process painful, there is no way to make the perfect decision. No matter the choices, there will always be second-guessing, regrets and what-ifs.

Professional organizers may be helpful in settling upon some choices, and input from family members can lessen the strain. It is important to make the process of ultimately locating legal and monetary records, insurance papers and work-related documents a priority to be resolved as soon as possible.

Open and frank family communication is crucial during this time. An agenda which had already been set and agreed upon will also help facilitate the delicate process.

There is, of course, a sentimental and emotional aspect to this process which should be taken into consideration by family members. At the same time, the future cannot be forsaken. And it can be made less difficult by planning.