After Beth Dargis’ teenage son was murdered by his friend, she left his room untouched for months. On a segment for HuffPost Live, she discussed how finally facing his belongings helped the whole family heal.
“The decluttering process was not as difficult as I thought,” Dargis shared. “He had a lot of junk. He was a collector, so there were little screw things and metal objects and papers and notes, but it was not as difficult as we thought. And then we had a core group of things we wanted to remember."
And though Dargis kept some of her son’s belongings, she was able to convert his room into a new space.
“We transformed it to a hangout for my daughter,” she told host Janet Varney. “Just to transform that into something positive and something he would like. Because he wouldn’t like just a shrine.”
Varney and Dargis were joined by celebrity designer Nate Berkus and grief recovery expert Carole Brody Fleet,