By Nancy Peham
Nothing is guaranteed in life except death and taxes, and when we leave this world someone has to deal with — and sort — the physical things we leave behind.
While my mother was alive, she shared her worries that when she died her children would be torn apart by the process of dividing her belongings.
I have been very fortunate to be one of four daughters who grew up in a close-knit family. I know that’s not always the case among siblings, which can make the process of liquidating a parent’s belongings result in hurt feelings, claims of unfairness, and the rekindling of sibling rivalries. In my family, just knowing that my mother feared a fracturing of relationships made us all work harder to come out on the other side of the process remaining close. (more…)