Death is something no one would expect, let alone truly prepare for. No matter who happens to learn of the news, they will still be deeply affected. To help you break it to the rest of your family gently, here are some essential pointers that you need to keep in mind.
While you could wish for a far better occasion to have a reunion with your siblings, you can use this chance to try and bond together again. Put any old feelings of resentment aside for now and mend your strained relationships. At the very least, aim to talk with them again and continue your regular communication on the phone, on social media, or through visits.
Parents and the Elderly
Now would also be the perfect time to speak with your parents and resolve any conflicts that you may have in the past. Be emphatic and not critical. After all, it is not the time for arguing but for healing and forgiveness. They also might have some wishes regarding the burial, so you and your funeral plan providers might have to take those requests in consideration.
They will be the ones most affected. You may have to handle them with kid gloves—no pun intended. Hence, you must be extra careful with them. The concept of life and death is foreign to them, so make an effort to explain the situation in a way that they will understand easily. Also, let them react to the news accordingly. Have them speak out their thoughts and allow them to cry while assuring them of your comfort and support if they need it.
Strangely enough, the death of a loved one has the effect of bringing together all that has been left behind. Seize the opportunity to reconcile and be a family once more. The chance to do this rarely comes. Therefore, don’t let it pass you by, or you may never be able to do this again.