Losing a loved one is one of the most stressful situations that can happen to a person. For some, being in the home you shared with someone who has recently passed, surrounded by memories of them, can be overwhelming when you are grieving. One solution is to get a fresh start in a new city. Getting a change of scenery can provide you many benefits after you’ve lost someone close to you.
So, how do you go about uprooting your life and moving to a new city after going through such a big life change? Below, we’ve listed out some helpful reminders and steps to follow if you find yourself in this life-changing situation.
Did you know that the death of a loved one and moving are both in the top five most stressful situations that a person can experience? It’s important to be patient and kind to yourself while you’re mourning and to not begin moving until you’re ready. Moving to a new city and house-hunting is not easy, so take the time to tend to your emotional needs before you make any physical moves or big life changes.
Hire packers and movers
When you decide that you want to move to a new city after suffering the loss of a loved one, you are already dealing with a lot on your plate. So, why not relieve some of the burdens of relocating and hire professional packers and movers? Professional packing and moving companies can provide a lot of benefits, including safe packing of your personal belongings, saving you time, relieving you of any heavy lifting and ensuring your items get to your new residence safely.
Sell and buy a new home
If you are renting a house or apartment, it may be relatively straightforward for you to break your lease and move to a new city. However, if you are a homeowner, it’s a little bit tougher to sell your home while grieving. The first step is to find a realtor you can work with who will market your home and make sure you get the most bang for your buck. Once you find a buyer, you now have to find a new home in your new city. Start with a search for neighborhoods in which you would like to live. Next, find a realtor located in the new city who can help you find the perfect home for your fresh start.
Declutter and organize your loved one’s things
Going through your loved one’s personal effects is difficult. Having to decide which items to keep and which to discard is even harder. It’s challenging work and it can be tempting to want to keep every last item and store them away in a unit. But that’s not practical when you are thinking about moving to a new city. Remind yourself that things are only things, and getting rid of an item doesn’t mean you are getting rid of the memory of your loved one. A good rule of thumb is to keep sentimental items down to one box. That way, you’re not overwhelmed with piles of clothes or stacks of cards.
Focus on things that make you happy
Moving on after you lose a loved one is hard, but know that this is also an opportunity to reinvent yourself and your life. Whether you’ve always been interested in joining a soccer league or switching careers, now is the time to do it. Finding the things in life that will make you happy after you lose someone close to you isn’t going to be easy, but it can help you gain a new perspective and help with the grieving process.
If you’re feeling lost and overwhelmed staying in the house that you shared with someone you recently lost, take some time to figure out what’s right for you. Moving to a new city and embarking on a fresh start can help you find what you need to move on.
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