Friends & Family:
What I didn’t know until it happened to me.
Friends and family might be eager to help and not realize that personal possessions are extremely meaningful at this time.
How You Can Help In Their Home:
Do NOT let anyone touch ANY personal space/ belongings of the one who has passed.
Families may be emotionally attached to the things their loved ones last touched.
Place “OFF LIMITS” signs on the doors of these areas:
Do NOT throw away anything – including what is in their garbage.
Do not clean the person’s bathroom who has passed away. (Or any other personal space of thiers)
WHY? Personal items are EXTREMELY important to the surviving spouse and family. I kept my husbands toothbrush right where he left if for weeks, no maybe it was months!
The family may want things exactly as the person who passed away left them. They want to be the ones to move their belongings & ON THEIR TIME FRAME.
Please ASK what you can do for the family before doing something that you may think is helpful.
** This might be the most important thing **
Do NOT wash anything that the loved one used- sheets, towels, pillowcases, etc.
WHY? Sometimes the scent of their loved one lasts for weeks or months on certain items washing will take that away
Thank you for being there for your family and friends. They need you so much right now to support and listen.
I’m SO grateful for those who were there for me!
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