Making Lemonade. Caring for our Parents 101

Dated: February 13 2023

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As we head into the spring of 2023 I am almost through my first year in Real Estate and am enjoying putting my life experiences and connections to work for my clients. I knew that this was a good choice for me as my various work backgrounds translated well into the requirements it would take to be successful in this new venture. What I didnt anticipate was the emotional situations that would arise simply because many home sale situations require having to deal with an aging or relocating parent(s). As many of you who have been through this process know, it can be an overwhelming time when you are forced to deal with clearing out the family home and belongings, dealing with lawyers,estates and doctors. It's a bittersweet trip down memory lane for everyone and one that I am currently on myself. Photo albums, old trophies(rarely mine) and family heirlooms all have to be dealt with. My advice to anyone going through this is to try and turn the experience into a positive time to reflect on the love and good times that were shared throughout the journey. My flashbacks often take me to my parents neighbourhood dance parties with Boney M and Abba cranked in the basement, road trips in the family car and countless Christmas dinners. Everything seemed to move at a slower pace back then. Fast forward to today when  work, school and careers have everyone running full tilt, and the free time seems harder and harder to come by. My biggest hope is that somehow our parents know how much we all love and respected them for all that they did for our families.  Getting older is never fun or fair, but I always try to see them and think of the mom that would eye roll a dumb joke, give us shit when we knew we deserved it, or watch a grandkids piano recital with more love in her eyes than you could measure. Our parents made us who we are. Trust that you are doing right by them. Spend what time you can with them because life is short. Make lemonade!:)

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Trevor Bearchell

An almost lifetime resident of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Trevor has worn a few different hats in his working life. The bulk of it spent as co-owner with his wife of 27 years at the Terracotta Cafe and Bear....

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