Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?

Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?

Monday, August 28, 2023

Presented by Gothenburg Health in partnership with UNL

Passing on personal possessions is an issue for everyone. Gothenburg Health, in partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator Brandi Hilton-Hagemann, will be offering a free personal property inheritance workshop called “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?™” on Thursday, September 7th. The public is invited to come to the noon presentation where lunch will be provided or the evening presentation at 5:30 p.m.

The program was created by University of Minnesota Extension and is designed for people of all ages seeking useful information about the inheritance of personal property of low monetary but high sentimental value. Items like pie plates, quilts, jewelry, photographs, books, and documents of family significance are often overlooked during estate planning sessions because they are considered non-titled property, yet decisions about these items can become major challenges for family members. This program is based upon research regarding concepts of fairness and social justice theory, and it suggests ways to approach this sensitive subject, options regarding modes of distribution, and tactics for conflict management.

In this one-hour workshop, Hilton-Hagemann will address the sensitivity of the personal inheritance process. As many people are all too aware, inheritance decisions carry powerful messages that can further aggravate ongoing sibling rivalries or unresolved family conflicts. Grandma’s pie plate, Grandpa’s fishing pole, or Aunt Genevieve’s sheet music may trigger powerful memories of love and support. Watching another family member take these items can also create a profound sense of loss. On the other hand, the “stuff” left behind once a family member moves to a care facility or passes away can become a burden for personal representatives. Judiciously dividing these possessions, especially in the absence of clear guidance, is a daunting task. To assist in this vital planning process, Hilton-Hagemann will help participants set personal goals that they want to accomplish, decide what is fair for their family situation, discuss why belongings have different meaning for various family members, consider distribution options and consequences, and practice conflict resolution tactics.  

Your participation in this program is welcomed! The workshop will be held at the Gothenburg Health Cottonwood Conference Room. Registration is requested by calling Alisa Crown at 308-537-4075. Questions about the program can be directed to Brandi Hilton-Hagemann at brandi.hagemann@unl.edu.