Sometimes during the process of decluttering we can unearth unexpected memories, which can be very emotional. Old photographs, music and art can trigger an old memory of trauma like a romantic break-up or divorce, a loss of a career, an empty nest or the loss of a loved one.
Grief, deep grief, can make the decluttering process especially painful. Sometimes a grieving person will choose to declutter ruthlessly in an attempt to remove the pain caused by the loss. Better to have empty room than to face a constant reminder of what I lost.
Mentally, they decide that it would be preferable to have it done, in a sort of ’emotional amputation.’ For others, they are simply not ready. When they try to get rid of something that belongs to the loved one, it is like that person is dying all over again. If you are grieving, please be compassionate with yourself.
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