After your loved one’s cremation services in Martensville, SK you may have the responsibility of sorting through their possessions. This could be everything they had acquired in their lifetime including furniture, pictures, clothes, keepsakes, and more.
This can undoubtedly be a difficult and daunting task. You may feel sad or even like you are doing something wrong by sorting through the possessions. Know that these feelings are completely natural and not wrong; it’s what needs to be done.
Making sure you have a good support system can really help in this endeavor. Surrounding yourself with loved ones and having shoulders to lean on can ease your burden. Other than having a support system, there are other things you can do to help with this process.
Decide What Time is Right
Although it may never feel “right”, determine when you will begin this process and let anyone who is helping you know. Of course when you start this task is an individual choice. Just make sure you give yourself the freedom and right to feel how you wish and take the time you need. You may never be 100% ready but you will know when it’s time.
An Entire Home
If your loved one was living on their own, you will most likely have an entire home of possessions to sort through. One common thing people do in this situation is to hold a garage sale. This can be a good choice because it allows multiple items to be cleared away quickly. Also, the money that is made could help offset the cost of the services or be donated to a charity in your loved one’s name.
A Single Room
If you loved one was staying at a retirement or assisted living home there will be less items. Most likely these items will be smaller such as books, clothes, photographs, etc. With smaller items, you might wish to keep anything with sentimental value such as the photographs or any favorite pieces of jewelry your loved one wore. You can either keep these or give them out to other family members.
For the items you don’t want to keep, you could donate to a charity or sell online with websites such as Ebay or Facebook marketplace. Both of these platforms are set up for single item sales and easy to set up and list an item.
Things You May Need
Whether you have to sort through an entire home or just a single room, being prepared ahead of time can help you in the process. Things you may need consist of:
- Boxes for things you want to donate
- Cleaning supplies
- Storage bins for things you wish to keep
While it’s never easy to sort through a loved one’s things after they have passed, having a support system, and waiting until you feel ready can help ease the burden. When you start the process, look at it as a celebration of their life and enjoy the things you are finding. Look at the photographs and talk about the good times you had with them. Take a minute and notice the books they were reading or the clothes they wore.
If you have questions about cremation services in Martensville, SK, or need resources for donating your loved one’s goods, reach out to the caring staff at Martens Warman Funeral Home, LTD. as they are always available to help.