Objects are not people

My grandma loved pinwheels, those brightly colored miniature wind catchers people sometimes put in their gardens or yard. Every time she saw a “whirligig", as she called them, a smile crossed her face.

My grandma passed away more than a decade ago, but every time I see a whirligig, I think of her and smile. I don't personally own a pinwheel because I don't want the clutter, but I still honor and remember my grandma just the same.

Dealing with emotionally-charged items can be the most difficult issue for clients to address, especially when the owner of the item has passed on. Those objects represent that important person, and clients feel that letting go of the item means you’re letting go of the person too. But, of course, that’s not the case.

If you are having trouble getting rid of certain items, but want or need to do so due to space issues, consider photographing the item or items and then making a photo book that includes a narrative of your memory of that special individual using or wearing the object. It’s a wonderful way to honor the loved one and let go of the stuff.

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