After losing a loved one, it can take time to fully realize he/she is gone and won’t be coming home to his/her things anymore. Once the services are done and some time has passed, you are likely getting back to a regular, daily routine where you may start wondering what you should do with your loved one’s belongings. There is no “right” time to when you decide to do something with the belongings, unless, you are on a deadline due to property being sold or following a will. Sorting through a loved one’s things can be an emotional process, and you should do it whenever you are ready.
Whether you’re sorting through belongings alone or with family, we wanted to share some tips with you on going through a loved one’s possessions.
- If there is no “deadline,” go through your loved one’s belongings when you are ready. It may take you awhile to emotionally or physically be able to do his process, and that is OK. Don’t force yourself to do it, if you don’t want to do it yet.
- Invite your family and friends to help you go through the belongings. You can turn a seemingly sad activity into a memorable experience as you all gather and share special memories of your loved one. This may also be a great opportunity for you to pass on some of your loved one’s belongings to your family members.
- Sort through your loved one’s things on a day you’re feeling good and in a happier state. It won’t be good for you to tackle this task if you feel terrible or said. This process is emotional, so don’t push yourself if the day is already too difficult.
- Before you start the process, talk to your family about timelines and expectations. It’s good to have a plan and prepare ahead of time so you and everyone else will know what to do or expect. This is also a good time to decide how everyone will tackle the items. You may want to go room room together or deal with finances first, etc.
- Make compromises during the sorting process with family. Some people may want to sell things or throw other things away. Work together and respect each other to find the best solution for all items.
- Don’t rush. Give yourself time to go through all the items. If you reminisce here and there, enjoy that emotional moment and time. Take breaks when needed. Put things aside if you’re not sure what to do with it yet.
In the end, you will get it all sorted. Take the things that matter most to you, to use and cherish forever. Remember, do it when you’re ready, and ask for help, if needed.
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As a funeral home in Jacksonville, our team at Evergreen Cemetery, Funeral Home & Crematory knows every family has different needs, and we have the expertise and skills to meet your needs when planning a funeral. We want to help you honor your loved one’s final wishes.
Whether you’re looking for a burial or cremation or other services, we will work with you from start to finish throughout this process in your time of need. We know this is a difficult time, and we want to make this process as easy and seamless for you as possible.
Going through your loved one’s belongings can be just as emotional and overwhelming as planning the funeral and/or cremation. Our experts at Evergreen Cemetery are here for you and know how to help you through this process.
If you have any questions about funerals, cremations or burials, please reach out to us. We want to help you during this difficult time.
If you’re looking for a funeral home in Jacksonville, Florida, Evergreen Cemetery, Funeral Home & Crematory can help you with the process every step of the way. Call us at 904-353-3649 for more information, or visit our funeral home Jacksonville, FL contact page.