Memorial Service Today, Might Mean Planning an Estate Sale Tomorrow

Downsizing is never easy but following these 10 steps might make it easier for you or a loved one

If you are planning a memorial service, it’s probably a safe assumption that you’ll be planning an estate sale next. People always ask what they can do to help when someone passes away, while there is a lot to do when planning a funeral, there can be even more work after the service cleaning out their loved one’s residence. In lieu of flowers, perhaps the best gift you could offer would be to assist your friend or family member with an estate sale?

Most of us will die leaving some stuff behind. Some people have closets, attics, trunks, garages and even storage units full of stuff. The question becomes, what do we do with a lifetime of Mom or Dad’s stuff or both their stuff after they’ve passed?

Today, I ran across this article on that lists the top 10 things you should know about getting rid of your loved ones items. The article starts with #1. Accept that downsizing is tough. I watched my best friend clear out her mother’s home after both parents had passed. It was the home she grew up in and her parents owned for 35 years. To make matters worse, her parents ran a craft business where they designed and sold dried flower arrangements at craft shows. The basement alone took a month to clean out.

On a positive note, I like where they talk about finding a $10,000 vase mixed in with cheap flower vases from delivery services. You may like my suggestion for such vases to use at a celebration of life or memorial service (perhaps ones that are less valuable).

It’s not a task I look forward to having to do, but I did find the article helpful and I hope you will too.


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