I think it was a gift that we needed to go through my Mom's house so soon after her death because of the short real estate season in northern New England. For me, having less time to think about it was best.
I was also very fortunate that my brother and sister-in-law had already taken care of some things. My Mom was in the hospital or a skilled nursing facility for two months before she died so they had removed perishable items and done laundry as well as other things. After she died my brother also had cancelled credit cards, phone and cable service, arranged her burial, etc. We had split the job of notifying family and friends.
|My Mom as a toddler in the early 1920s|
We also had the gift of our parents having put their home and all assets into a trust with us as co-trustees which means we do not have to deal with probate.
|Mom with her brother|
We also prepared her house for sale and removed all personal items as well as most of the things that we wanted to keep. We packed my car with the things I was bringing home (more about that in Part 4), moved items to my brother's home and left some things in storage at my brother's home so that we can go through them together during a later visit. We went into it with a plan and goals for what we needed to get done and how we would all work at it together (more on that in Part Two).
|Mom's engagement picture|
|Mom & Dad on their wedding day in 1945|
|My Mom and Dad in 2007 when they were both in their mid 80s and still well|