For the past several months, this family was dealing with problems, situations, and concerns of the day. With the death of their parent their primary focus then shifted to just getting through the funeral. It is time to start or continue (because you may have already started) to address the “Now what?” question. Particularly if there is a surviving parent!
- Is the surviving parent able to remain at home? If not, where is the best place? If yes, are there things that need to be done to make home safer and easier to maintain.
- If move is necessary where, when, and how can this be handled?
- Do you sell the house first or move parent and then sell?
There and many, many more questions and concerns that need to be handled just for this one scenario; however there are many other scenarios that also create a different set of questions and concerns.
Before all the family start to scatter back to their ‘normal’ life; work, family, soccer games, PTO, Etc., it is time to focus on the “NOW WHAT?” questions.
Everyone needs some down time, particularly after what they have dealt with, and the most pressing question right now is: Can Mom (or Dad) stay in the family home alone, or would it be better for her to temporarily go home with someone? Once that has been decided then you can move on from there. The ‘Now what?” can wait for another day!