When a crisis strikes, family life becomes more chaotic and disrupted than usual. The family decision maker, who might live out of state, will have their normal routines and lives, as they know it, disrupted with:
- Time away from work and family
- Additional expenses
- Stress dealing with medical, rehabilitation, or estate closure issues
It could involve several days, weeks, or months and result in several trips and weeks away from family and work obligations.
Making major decisions at these times – death, illness, etc., are not recommended. However, when time and patience is limited this advice is often ignored and later regretted. This might sound crazy but at this time families need sound, expert advice on how to handle what’s facing them.
One of the biggest questions I ask is: What value does my service bring to families experiencing family crisis like illness and death?
I have been there and done it for my family over the years! I understand how a family member feels when they get thrown into family situations that are overwhelming and out of the normal comfort zone. There is little support and lots of fear – doing it right, making mistakes, etc., while not knowing where to start and what to do. That’s why I love what I do— helping other families in similar situations find solutions – and why I started my business. I understand what families are experiencing making life changing decisions and moves while being on an emotional roller coaster is challenging but necessary. Someone needs to step up and take over.
This type of service, providing professional assistance on how to quickly and efficiently move someone on the spur of the moment, was unheard of back then. I would have loved that option! Back in the day; you rolled up your sleeves did it yourself, hired a mover, junk man, or a dumpster and hoped for the best. There was plenty of moral support and advice from family and friends but what I wanted was practical, efficient solutions in order to get back to my life.
So the short answer to my question is: The value is priceless, because I use my first-hand knowledge and expertise to guide families through a family life changing crisis.
When families cannot be available, for whatever reasons, for the actual hands on work involved with downsizing and moving; my company, WITTZ END, becomes the trusted advisor steering families through various pitfalls of quickly organizing and carrying out the necessary solution to the problem. For instance:
- A critically ill and disabled, parent’s home needs to be de-cluttered and organized in order to return home after rehabilitation, family members are busy dealing with medical and rehabilitation concerns while working and caring for their own families.
- A parent cannot return home but is going to an assisted living facility. In order to pay for this the home needs to be sold, items need to be brought to ALF, others organized, de-cluttered and eventually all contents need to be removed.
- The deceased relatives belongings need to be organized, inventoried, and ultimately removed from the house in order to put closure to their estate.
Doing what the family cannot or does not want to do, allows them time and space to deal with other important concerns. In every one of these situations (and there are plenty more examples) I am proud to provide expert knowledge, advice and options impartially while honoring and respecting the items and the family.