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A lot of pain can come with a loved one’s passing. An article from the Seattle Times highlighted one of the most significant barriers to coping: in a world of couples, losing a close loved one can result in extreme feelings of loneliness and isolation. Below are some ways moving and downsizing can help you cope with your loved one’s passing.
When you decide to move, you’ve got a lot on your plate: focusing on selling your own house, cleaning, packing, and finding a new place to live. This helps you stay productive and get out of your own thoughts. It can be easy to dwell on hard things when your loved one passes. Taking on a new project such as downsizing your home is the perfect distraction.
Simplify Your Routine
Moving and minimizing has a lot of benefits. You can reduce commute time, move closer to family, and even find a place that will bring you closer to grocery stores and businesses that are a part of your regular routine. You also will experience the benefits of not having to take care of such a large home since you’ll have found a more manageable size.
Streamline Your Finances
If you owned the house for two out of the past five years and it has been less than two years since your loved one passed away, you might qualify for a tax credit where you would not have to pay taxes on the sale of the home. But first, find out how much your home is worth by researching other homes in your area and see how much they sold for. A lot of resources online can also help you estimate how much your home is worth, which will give you an idea of how much you’ll earn when you decide to sell your house.
When it comes to buying a new home, make sure to research available mortgages. If you or your spouse served in the military, you may be able to save on interests rates by taking out a VA loan. Another benefit of VA loans is that you won’t have to include a down payment, as long as your home is being purchased at or below its appraised value.
Expanded Social Circle
Depression is one of the stages of grief that most people encounter as they search for a way to cope with the death of a loved one. Moving can provide opportunities to live closer to friends or family who can offer words of encouragement or a hug during times of sadness.
Change of Scenery
According to an article from Harvard Medical School, emotional stress can wreak havoc on the health of the partner who is left behind. Changing scenery can offer new physical or recreational opportunities, which can promote health in individuals who are trying to find ways to cope. You’ll have a new neighborhood to explore, as well as new ways to be physically active.
New Work or Volunteer Opportunities
Changing a work situation or finding new volunteering opportunities can help with bereavement. These new situations provide a new sense of camaraderie and remind an individual that they have the power to help other people. You’ll find more fulfillment through a variety of situations, and if you get a new job, you’ll have a nice extra source of income.
Make Material Life Simple
Grief reminders can occur over and over again, even years after a loved one passes away. The decision to move is one way to discard unnecessary items in one’s life, as well as identify things that are positive reminders of the relationship you had. Reducing the amount of stuff you have can give you a chance to find meaning in your life instead of worrying about extra items in your home or being reminded constantly of the deceased.
After a loved one passes away, the coping experience is different for each individual. However, individuals who have gone through the process recommend being open and inviting friends and family into your life. This promotes the coping process and can help you face grief.