Moving a Lifetime

Helping a loved one pack up and leave a longtime home can be brutal. Relocation experts can help ease the pain

Bob Sigmond couldn't bear to pack his belongings and trade in his Philadelphia high-rise, even for a plush retirement community a mere three blocks away. "Just the idea of moving was stopping me from moving," says Sigmond, 83, whose children urged him to relocate three years ago after his wife of 61 years died suddenly of a heart attack. "I was grieving anyway, then to walk away from the apartment we'd shared since 1968--it was like saying goodbye all over again," he says.

Beyond the emotional turmoil, there was a physical burden. Sigmond, a former director of the Albert Einstein...

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