Dealing with the probate process after losing a loved one can feel overwhelming. While in the midst of processing your loss, there is a never-ending list of tasks to accomplish to settle your loved one’s affairs.
It is an honor that your loved one decided to trust you as the personal representative of their estate. Still, it can make the grieving process difficult when you have so much responsibility.
Here are a few tips for self-care during the probate process.
Ask for help
You may be the personal representative, but that does not mean you are the only one who can do all of the tasks. There are areas of the estate administration process that you can delegate to family members and trusted friends.
For example, if you need to track down people listed in the will, you can ask a loved one to help you with your search. When you receive support on a few of the tasks, it can give you the time to reflect on your loss and experience your emotions.
Take your time
There are many steps of the probate process that demand patience. While the beneficiaries of the estate may add to the pressure of finalizing the estate, these processes take time.
During these waiting periods, communicate with the beneficiaries about what is happening and when you will update them again. In your communication, you can also tell loved ones that you are going to take some time to grieve in your own way, and they will hear from you when you have an update.
When you set kind and respectful boundaries with your loved ones and seek help when you need it, it is easier to find the time you need to cope with the loss of your loved one.