Using a Relocation
to Recover from the
Loss of a Loved One

By Craig Meadows
On Sept 22, 2022


In the wake of the pain and frustration of losing a loved one, a change of scenery may be the perfect way to accelerate the healing process. Keep in mind these various benefits of moving and how you can make the transition successful.

Assessing Your Mental and Emotional State

Fear, anger, guilt, and numbness appear to varying degrees after death, and no two grieving processes are identical. However, research indicates that the most intense feelings begin to subside after six months. You may need to rely on counseling to come to grips with your emotional journey, especially if the loss was unexpected. It’s generally best not to take any significant steps fresh after a sudden life-altering event. If you can create a plan while you are sober-minded and considering all of the variables, you may be in a position to act.

If your loved one’s death was anticipated, you might have laid much of the groundwork for transplanting to a new area. When a caring spouse or parent leaves behind an estate or inheritance with substantial funds, you can more easily prepare for your move.

A move can aid your mental health by creating a space designed to be calming and therapeutic. New friends and experiences allow you to create new memories that help you embrace your future. Making a move may be particularly helpful if your current living arrangement is centered on the convenience of care for your ailing companion. A location change can help you reminisce about happier times instead of the challenging care process.

Pre-Move Organizing

Once you’ve settled on moving, determine your home’s value with online research. A home appraisal may be essential to avoid wasting time trying to sell your home at too high of a price. Calculate which home upgrades add the greatest worth to your home.

As you proceed through the rollercoaster of emotions in the weeks after your loss, take advantage of moments of clarity to process what items to keep and which to discard. Everyday items like toiletries, office supplies, or equipment may not hold sentimental value if not attached to a specific event or memory. A photo of your loved one’s space can be enough to help you remember those activities. The help of a reasonable family member or close friend can help you assess which pieces of furniture and clothing you won’t regret giving away.

If you have a business to move as well, you’ll need to plan for it as far in advance as is feasible. Work with professional movers from the outset; their expertise will make the process much smoother. It is also a good idea to use a move as an opportunity to transition yourself and anyone else that you can to remote work. It can save a lot of headaches and relocation costs in the long run.

Buying a New Home

Investigate lenders to find a company and agent with your best interests at heart. Talk with your lender about all of your financing options for a mortgage. Factor in current terms and rates. You may not prefer to use the entire proceeds of your home sale for a downpayment on your new home, as some money can be set aside for other necessary expenses or an emergency fund.

You should use the move as an opportunity to furnish your new home with high-quality home products. Your kitchen can always use a new device to make cooking nutritious meals easier. Be sure to read unbiased reviews online before committing to any purchases. You don’t want to throw good money after bad.

Handling the Move

Friends and neighbors may be willing to help with your relocation, but top-tier professionals ensure the move is handled safely with care and attention to your precious items. Online reviews aid you in finding the most highly recommended moving companies. Request quotes from local moving companies and specify your needs. Legitimate movers perform a home inspection to provide an accurate quote. Always get a written estimate before contracting and never rely on an offer shared over the phone.

While you shouldn’t rush into any decisions, preparing yourself to purchase a new home and relocate as you recuperate from a loved one’s death can be a fine way to get back on your feet.

This article was written and submitted by Craig Meadows. Image from US News Health.