Consider Funeral and Death Donations
Dividing and Donating Your Loved One’s Estate
A Guest Blogger Shares His Personal Story:
When my grandmother passed away, my mother was named as executor of her funeral estate planning and was left with a house full of memories and possessions to distribute. After she and her siblings divided those belongings that they wanted, there were still many items left. My mother didn’t feel right selling these things, so she donated everything, in order to help others in need.
Clothing and Shoes
Clothing items can be donated to second-hand stores, homeless shelters, or battered women’s shelters. There are often used clothing drives in the fall and winter, and coats, gloves/mittens, scarves and boots are especially important donations during this time.
If these items are in good condition, homeless shelters will put them to use, especially in the winter months. Additionally, hospices can always use quality donations in order to make their patients as comfortable as possible in their final days.
Books, Videos and CDs
With budget cuts, many schools and libraries are unable to buy new materials as often as they would like, which negatively impacts their students and patrons. By donating to these establishments, you are helping your community and aiding in the education of others.
Dishes, Silverware, and Food-Related Utensils
Homeless shelters that cater to families are often divided into small apartments, complete with kitchens. By donating to these organizations, you can help a family sit down to a home cooked meal, thus providing stability during a difficult time.
Knick-Knacks, Artwork, and the Like
These are often tricky to donate, as many are personal mementos or are considered clutter by others. Residents of nursing homes, and those suffering from a terminal illness, can often live in drab surroundings. Therefore, items such as these can brighten their rooms and bring smiles to their faces.
Craig’s List is a great place to find people in need of free furniture. When posting, be sure to include a photo, and request that prospective owners pick up the furniture. Be cautious when using sites such as these, though, and use common sense when allowing strangers into your home.
Used Medical Equipment
It is not uncommon to have used medical equipment left after a loved one’s death, especially in the case of a prolonged illness or severe injury. When left with a wheelchair, walker, shower chair, or other equipment, find an area hospice in need of your items. These are often nonprofit, and can always use quality donations.
The death of a loved one can be a devastating time. The last thing you want to worry about is what to do with their possessions once they are gone.
However, with a little thought and end of life planning, you can make this a relatively painless process, and one that can be handled quickly and efficiently, so you can begin to move past your tragedy and start the grief and loss and healing process.
Courtesy of Joseph Baker