Please share you getting ready to go experiences.
As some of you know from the State Sponsorship thread, we decided to tell our family before Christmas, we originally had thought to leave it until after, but when we got our VISA sooner than expected we changed our minds. We wanted to get it over with and give family more time to adjust before it becomes common knowledge when we put the house on the market in Jan DV.
It was one of the hardest things we have done in our lives! We told my only brother on Saturday, as you would expect he was shocked, but told us that if we were sure it was right for us, then go. He obviously was very concerned as to how we would tell my elderly parents and the impact on them.
The in-laws were next, immediate reaction was fine, but as the conversation went on and it started to sink in, they want to know we were absolutely sure we were doing the right thing. Since then the shock has turned into raw pain and they are really struggling and itís very heart breaking so others pain. I donít know we can make it easier for them, they will just need time. They were organising a bit of a get together for our 40th, I think they now want to cancel as it will be to painful ( my wife and I both turn 40 over the next few weeks aaagh).
My Parents was the one I was treading most. They are elderly and whilst not dependant on us, they look to us, and as family we are close, as well we live nearby and are regular contact. They are shocked by OZ, but gave a very balanced calm response, with a few tears, but as I have now discovered itís not the reaction at the time, itís the aftermath. As i expected, they are struggling now as it all sinks in.
For the first time ever I think my in-laws-might want to do me in!!!!!
I would love to hear from others how they helped their families deal with it.