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  •  When my great-uncle passed away in 2008 (11+ / 0-)

    My dad and I flew down to his house of 40 years in Lancaster, CA from here in Washington State. We spent a month and a half temporarily living in the house going through things in order to prepare it for sale.

    It was alot of work, but I saw it from a different perspective. While he was a pack rat, especially with hardware and tools, but he had some really cool things, too.

    Coins, tools, and lots of other things that were valuable. Sure, there was alot of stuff that we ended up tossing, but I'm glad it was us that took care of it than someone else who wouldn't have done it with the care and respect my great-uncle deserved.

    Not to mention, I've always been a treasure hunter type of personality, so it was interesting trip down memory lane, as sad as the occassion was that prompted it.

    His death was rather unexpected, and we found indications in notes that he had written that he was indeed trying to organize and streamline his belongings. He was alone for several years after his true love, my great-aunt, had passed away.

    He ran out of time. I'm thankful we were able to complete his task. All of the things he held dear are in our possession, being executors of his estate. My dad and him were close.

    Long story short, we didn't see it as a burden, but rather as a labor of love.

    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 06:29:34 PM PST

    •  My mom died a year ago December 17th (5+ / 0-)

      the day after the eight year anniversary of Dad's death, and I agree with you. I do appreciate that she downsized some after Dad died, but going through their combined belongings was an amazing experience, finding their marriage certificate, and his mom and dad's death certificates, and an article from the Vancouver Sun about the time, before he met Mom, that he "sunk" the Canberra and other treasures that other people might not have recognized as significant. There are things she discarded that I wish she had asked me about first.

                 Sorry for your loss,

      Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

      by Chacounne on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 06:48:39 PM PST

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