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Engaging strategies to care for your mental health while packing up a parent’s home


Losing a parent is one of the most difficult things one has to go through in life. Along with dealing with the emotions of grief and loss, their children are often left with the challenging task of clearing out their parents' home. From navigating through a sea of memories to making tough decisions about what to keep and discard, it takes both physical and mental strength. Here are some engaging ways shared by experts to look after one's mental well-being during this emotionally taxing period.

Experts agree that it's perfectly normal to feel a wide range of emotions such as sadness, guilt, anger, exhaustion or even resentment while packing up a loved one's home. Rather than trying to suppress them, it's healthier to acknowledge the feelings and make space for them. Taking a systematic approach by breaking the large task into smaller, more manageable steps can help reduce the sense of being overwhelmed.

While some choose to hold on to as many belongings as possible to maintain a connection, others prefer a swift clean out for closure. There is no right or wrong approach. Reflecting on what holds meaning can guide decisions on what to retain versus discard. Sharing memories with family and friends also helps process grief while ensuring the deceased continues to live on in stories. Seeking delegated help from supportive circles makes the physical and mental workload more bearable too.

For those experiencing anticipatory grief during their parent's move to palliative care, professional counselling can offer meaningful support. Overall, being kind and patient with oneself through the emotional rollercoaster of clearing a loved one's home is key to maintaining well-being. With a structured yet compassionate approach, this challenging period can also serve as an important part of the healing journey.

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