Before funerals at funeral homes in Warrensville Heights, OH, one of the things we should be considering is downsizing our lives. As we age and draw closer to the time when we will be no more, downsizing and decluttering can seem like an insurmountable task.
We spend our lives accumulating stuff. If we’ve moved a lot with our careers, we may have a little less stuff than most people, because downsizing and decluttering is an integral part of frequent moving, but if we’ve retired and settled down somewhere for several years, the odds are that we’ve started accumulating extra stuff.
If we’ve lived in our homes for decades, then we certainly have amassed a lot of stuff over the years. We’ve filled closets, basements, shelves, and sheds with every piece of our lives for as long as we’ve been in our homes.
There are the things we’ve kept just in case. There are the things we’ve kept for our children. There are the things we’ve inherited as our older loved ones have died. There are the memories that we haven’t wanted to part with. And then there are just those things that we didn’t know what to do with, so we threw them in boxes and stored them.
We may think we don’t need to downsize and declutter because our kids will do it when we’re gone. But we don’t realize that we are adding an additional burden to them while they’re grieving our loss to have to go through all our possessions and decide what to keep and what to throw away.
Additionally, many of the conflicts that occur in families after the death of a loved one happen because of disputes over the stuff we leave behind. Some of these conflicts can escalate to the point that they cause permanent rifts in the family. Some of these rifts may be so severe that family members never see or speak to each other again.
It’s important to downsize before we die.
One reason is that we can get rid of things that we don’t need and no one else wants. Much of what people leave behind when they die is of little or no value. Those cancelled checks and receipts from 30 years ago aren’t something you will need or anyone else will need. Shred them and take to them to the curb with the trash.
Another reason to downsize before we die is that we can make sure our possessions go the family members that we want to have them and who will appreciate them. This resolves the issue of most of the conflicts over stuff after we die. We can give things away while we’re living, and all the family members can be satisfied with our decisions.
Downsizing also lets us give to those within our communities who are in need. Many of us have a lot of clothes that we don’t wear anymore or maybe even that we’ve never worn. We have furniture that we don’t need. All of these things can be donated to charities that provide them at no charge to, for instance, homeless people or battered women.
A final reason to downsize before we die is that we let our loved ones focus on remembering us when we die, instead of having to focus on trying to clean out our homes and figure out what to do with our stuff.
If you’d like to learn more about downsizing at funeral homes in Warrensville Heights, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit us at our funeral home at 25900 Emery Rd., Warrensville Heights, OH 44123, or you can call us today at (216) 831-7906.