This has been a tough few months. My husband of 22 years unexpectedly passed away in December. We had just returned from a mini vacation with all of our children on Monday, and that Friday afternoon he suffered a massive stroke and passed away two days later (the day after my daughter's birthday). I have been going thru the motions of living for the most part and have even returned to work, but there is just no enthusiasm as I move thru the day.
I will get past this, but I know that the next time that I encounter a potential buyer or seller who have recently suffered this type of loss, I will be a very different person as I work with them. I fully understand why there is a recommendation to move very cautiously when making any big decisions after such a change. You really are not all there....as much as you may appear to be. So I will say to them, "take it slow" and "consider all of your options" before making a drastic change. If it costs me a seller or a buyer by doing so, so be it. I just know how I feel right now and right now my need to stay put far surpasses all other considerations. But I am one of the lucky ones; I have the resources to do so. Not all of those who are left behind are in my situation.
For those who absolutely have to sell (and sometimes quickly) I will say many prayers and help them in any way that I can. Part of that process will also be the "letting go" of the person and their things that have been left behind. This is no small task, nor is it an easy process. Patience is key, and a gentle hand is critical. Now I know firsthand what that means.