Thanks for stopping by to read Inheriting the Hoard: Greg’s Story. My original intent was to find a high-profile “home” for it in some magazine, online site, or television program. But the rejections were starting to pile up for a variety of reasons… “we don’t accept unsolicited material from freelancers“… “it’s a fascinating story but it’s just not for us“… or “thank you for your interest in [fill in the blank]. Please do not respond to this email. We will contact you if your submission is right for our [fill in the blank]. But since Greg and Sidney were so open to sharing their story with me, I decided to go the “self publishing route” to share it with you. Hoarding isn’t just a “hot topic”… it’s a painful reality for those directly affected by it. While there’s no shortage of tv shows highlighting the visual horrors of the hoard and its impact on families, there’s been very little light shed on what happens when hoarders pass away. The whole concept of “inheriting the hoard” serves as a cautionary – and hopefully compassionate tale. My hope (as well as Greg and Sidney’s) is that this article can help start – or advance- a dialogue among hoarders young and old, their children and other relatives, and anyone who might be interested in a peek inside the mindset of hoarders and those who love them. Comments/Feedback are welcome.
– Hannah R. Buchdahl
p.s. August 2011: I recently met up with Greg and Sidney in Burbank (their home away from the hoarded home) and while they continue to struggle with the hoard and the upheaval its caused in their lives, they are also actively involved in a growing network of support for children of hoarders (especially adult children). Greg’s initial time-line of six months to clean out the hoard and get his life back to “normal” has obviously come and gone. He acknowledges there is still plenty of work to be done.