How to Process Receiving an Inheritance

How To Process Receiving An Inheritance

Process for Receiving an Inheritance


The old saying that you can't take your material possessions with you into the afterlife is absolutely true. This is why most people have a will drafted before their eventual passing that explains how they want their assets to be distributed. You might find yourself the recipient of a significant inheritance after the passing of a loved one, and it can be a lot to process at first.

The inheritance process always starts with a loss, which makes it a very somber moment in your life as you grieve for the passing of someone who meant something to you. At the same time, you've just received a financial boost which is typically a good thing. This conflict that caused something beneficial happening to you because something negative happened can be difficult to process and work through.

However, if you make sure to keep your head on straight, the whole process can be a lot less painful:

Give yourself time

There's going to be a rush of emotions at first during this time. You might even feel guilty for having become richer because someone else in your life has died. Without a doubt, you should take time to grieve for your loss and let things settle properly. No large life decisions should be made while you're in this emotionally tumultuous state. Give yourself enough time to plan out all of your next steps carefully, and what your plans are once you've finished the grieving process.

Figure out your next steps

After you've given yourself enough time to work through all of the emotions that came with the death and inheritance, it's now up to you to decide what comes next. Take inventory of your current financial situation and future financial and life goals and see how you can best leverage your inheritance to accommodate that. For instance, wanting to move away and selling the property after an inheritance is worth considering. You'll have to start the process of lining up a real estate agent and getting the house sold. Maybe you have some debts to pay off, but no matter what, you should carefully decide how you're going to apply this inheritance to benefit your life as much as possible, instead of putting it to waste.

Get help if necessary

Inheritance is seldom as simple as receiving a box full of valuables, money and the deed to a new house. Your inheritance may be made up of stocks, bonds, or other assets you might not necessarily know how to deal with properly. Transferring everything will require a good lawyer and everything else will require someone well-versed in that particular field. If you inherit significant investments, you should see a financial planner, so you fully understand all of your options.


If you're currently dealing with the death of a loved one, condolence. Life is fraught with tragedy, and it's unfortunate that death is just a fact of life. Whoever has left you this inheritance definitely wishes for you to put it to good use in benefitting your life. It's crucial not to squander it on reckless purchases and instead, do everything you can to make it genuinely change your situation in life.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.


To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.


A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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