The funeral is over and finally the last person has left the house. The last of the food is stored in the refrigerator and everyone sits down around the dining room table and looks at each other and say, “Now what?”
For the past several days, actually several months, this family was just dealing with today’s problems, situations, and concerns. With the death of their parent, their primary focus shifted to just getting through the funeral.
This family has several Now What questions to deal with immediately, because there is a surviving parent that has some concerns and issues that need consideration. So before all the family members start to scatter back to their ‘normal’ life; work, family, soccer games, PTA, etc., it is time to focus on the ‘Now What?’ questions.
Everyone needs some down time, particularly after what they have dealt with, but first question and most pressing one now is: Can Mom (or Dad) stay in the family home alone, or would it be better for her to go home with someone? Once decided then you can move on from there. Whether Mom stays at home or temporarily goes with one of the children the rest of the Now What’s will wait for another day.