When a Loved One Dies Unexpectedly

When a Loved One Dies Unexpectedly

My latest email newsletter was a tough one to write, as the topic is on suddenly becoming widowed. This subject came up in a recent conversation. In recounting this widow’s experience, she shared that there are so, so many things coming at you, and that you have to handle right away–all while you are grieving. While friends and family are present in the immediate aftermath, there comes a point where everyone goes back to their own life. And now this is your life–handling paperwork, making decisions, taking over household tasks that you either haven’t done before or you haven’t done them in ages. All while doing this without the support of someone you loved tremendously. I can think of nothing more heartbreaking or frightening.

How can a personal concierge help? In this case, I’ll be stepping in to help you with home management, handling those tasks you have no time for or desire to do. A personal concierge can provide that sympathetic ear, serve as a “hand-holder,” and handle those menial tasks that will still have to get done. Things like laundry, cleaning the house, making an appointment with the plumber to fix the leaky sink, and food prep.

I became a personal concierge/home manager to make a difference in people’s lives, and I can think of no more important time to be there for someone. While there is no one who can take the place of a spouse, a personal concierge can manage the mundane stuff so that you can at least get on the road to healing.

To those of you who have lived this experience, you have my utmost respect. Be proud that you are still standing, no matter how difficult it has been. There are people that you don’t even know–like me–who are rooting for you.