Seventy-eight million Boomers are either going through it, getting ready to go through it, or are paralyzed by it.
When loved ones pass away or an elderly family member is infirm, it is an extremely stressful time for those left in the wake. The last thing anyone wants to think about is how to deal with the accumulation of “stuff” left behind. Every day approximately forty-eight hundred baby boomers become middle-aged orphans when their elderly parents pass away, leaving behind much more than just memories. And they are unprepared for the battles ahead.
There are many challenges that will come for the Boomer children, especially the female boomer. But one that comes as fast as a flying brick, is when a parent passes away and the children are left to handle all the details. Often these details include the will (if there is one and its location), finances, legal matters, bills, medical information, dealing with the home and its contents, etc.
To complicate the issue, the children must also deal with the division of estate contents, potential feuding among heirs and clearing out the family home. Unfortunately these details do not come with an instruction manual …
Have you faced loosing a parent? What was your experience of dealing with the details?