The effects of grief can make probate harder

The effects of grief can make probate harder

| Oct 7, 2020 | Probate |

If you have recently lost a loved one, you will know that in addition to coping with the loss of one of the most important people in your life, you will also experience the loss of aspects of yourself and your own identity. This experience can be very disorientating, and you may feel as though every aspect of your life has to be questioned.

While taking the time to grieve, you’ll also have to deal with the processing of your loved one’s estate. This can include overseeing probate and dealing with the will. You may feel that the grieving process is affecting your ability to conduct tasks such as overseeing probate. The following are some reasons why this can be the case.

You may experience a loss of confidence

Before your loss, you probably had a sense of place in your relationship and confidence in your future. When the unexpected and unthinkable happens, you may feel as though you don’t have the support that you need to make even the smallest decisions. This, in combination with anxiety and loneliness, can make you feel less confident overall.

You may not see the world in the same way

The experience of loss and trauma can alter the way that we see the world. Since we had no control over what happened to our loved one, we may feel powerless over other situations, and experience anxiety when involving ourselves in tasks such as probate.

You may no longer feel safe in relationships

The loss of a key family member can completely change the family dynamic. Since you lost them, other family members may start to fear losing another family member, and the sense of safety within the family unit can disintegrate.

Dealing with probate can be difficult since you will need to do so while still in the grieving process. However, by involving supportive and competent people, you’ll be able to get through this difficult time.

William G. Peterson
FindLaw