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Four ways to get a fresh start after the death of a partner

Published: January 4, 2020 by Lucille Rosetti

l_rosetti@thebereaved.org │The Bereaved

 

4 Ways to Get a Fresh Start After the Death of a Partner

Losing a loved one can be a life-changing event for many people. When you lose a spouse or a parent, your entire way of life can be upended. Some people wade through the grief by digging into their established routines, while others step away from the hurt with a change of scenery and a fresh start. There is no one right way to manage grief. Those longing for a new beginning can find these five clean slate opportunities can help with moving on after the loss.

 

Selling Your Home

Selling your home and buying a new one can help you move into a new mindset after losinmeg a spouse or a partner. It can be a very emotionally challenging time, filled with excitement about moving on, as well as guilt about leaving things behind. First, work with a realtor who has experience with bereavement, someone who understands what you are going through. Also, keep yourself focused on the goal by following a checklist to get your house ready, on the market and into someone else’s hands. You can immerse yourself into this by tackling any DIY repairs and upgrades that will make your home more attractive to potential buyers, such as a remodeled bathroom, kitchen, or master bathroom.

 

Purging Your Possessions

 

It is so hard to decide what to purge and what to keep after experiencing the loss of a loved one. It can feel like giving away their belongings is another kind of death. While the process can be painful, it can also be cathartic at the same time. You can give items to loved ones who have a sentimental attachment, donate them to a local charity, or host an estate sale. Selling your loved one’s items may feel awkward at first, but this can be an especially useful way to help cover funeral costs. Regardless of whether your loved one had burial insurance, this might be the right time to look into it for yourself. Purchasing insurance to cover the cost of your final arrangements can lessen the financial burden on your friends and family.

 

Taking a Long Trip

 

Sometimes, you just need a temporary release from reality to manage the stages of grief. Some people avoid making major life decisions during times of grief, so for those who want a fresh start but aren’t sure how or what, taking a long trip can be a good way to restart. Consider traveling somewhere that lets you reconnect with your sense of self and come out grounded. Many people find international travel to be an effective way to move through loss. If you want solitude, but access to social activities, consider a cruise on the Mediterranean Sea. You can tour major cities like Rome, Athens, and Barcelona, interact with other travelers during ship activities, or spend time in solitude at the spa or in your room.

 

Creating a Renewed Sense of Purpose

 

The death of a close loved one can make us question a lot about life. You may find your sense of self — the purpose and meaning of your life — to be shaken at the core. Grieving can be a prime opportunity to learn about yourself and about where you want the direction of your life to take you. This is especially helpful for people whose identities were really wrapped up in the role they played with their loved ones. Finding some kind of work or activity that helps you retain meaning in your life offers stability as you navigate these new life circumstances. This could mean getting a new job, taking on a volunteer opportunity or going back to college.

Moving on after a major loss takes a fair amount of time and flexibility. Every day will be different; it’s two steps forward and three steps back. However, even on days where you feel the bleakest, you are making progress. It will be hard, but it’s not impossible. Just have grace with yourself and be optimistic about embracing the unknown.

 

Research and Information on this subject matter has been gathered through:


life-changing event - https://blogs.psychcentral.com/therapy-soup/2012/03/top-20-life-stressors-that-can-trigger-anxiety-and-sadness/
emotionally challenging - https://www.designsponge.com/2015/02/eulogizing-a-home-how-to-say-goodbye-to-a-place-with-memories.html
following a checklist - https://www.redfin.com/resources/how-to-prepare-house-to-sell-checklist
giving away their belongings - https://www.budgetdumpster.com/blog/how-clean-relatives-house/
cover the cost - https://www.lhlic.com/consumer-resources/burial-funeral-insurance/
stages of grief - https://www.milanomonuments.com/blog/the-5-stages-of-grief-whats-normal-and-how-to-cope
consider a cruise - https://www.shermanstravel.com/advice/7-reasons-to-book-a-mediterranean-cruise-in-the-off-season
purpose and meaning - https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_find_your_purpose_in_life
 

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