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Avoid fighting with your siblings following parental death

Nothing can adequately prepare you for the death of a parent even if the death has been anticipated due to age, health condition or environmental exposure. For many families, coping with death and executing the deceased’s will can sometimes bring disagreement and contention. At Goldberg Sager & Associates, we have helped many New York families through the process of creating a will and establishing an estate plan.

In an article published by Psychology Today, the author proposes a couple of helpful ways in which you can work to resolve or avoid conflict altogether before it transitions into a bitter battle. One suggestion is to expose and discuss any sibling disagreements or rivalries you may have before the death of your parents. Often, if approached carefully and with the right intention, disputes can be resolved or at least lessened before things get too bad. You may consider enlisting the help of a professional to mediate and provide some insight and objectivity as decisions are made.

Another suggestion is to work through the sorrow, pain and sadness of death together with your family. With the support of your siblings and other close family members, you may find increased strength, encouragement and healing that would otherwise be impossible on your own. Families with strong support systems are often able to overcome grief much faster and in a healthier manner than ones that lack any sort of bond.

Following these suggestions are just a couple of ways in which you can avoid familial conflict and focus your energy on healing and coping with grief. For more information about planning the estate of a loved one, visit our web page.

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