You may have noticed that we’ve been in a rocky patch regarding the entire world, just recently. We haven’t been able to meet our friends and family in person and that has been very mentally damaging for many of us. Perhaps now that it seems like normalcy might be on the horizon, it's time to plan a family reunion? If you have had this idea on your mind but don’t quite know how to begin, here is what you can do.
Not everyone is going to be in the same mental space as you. Some people will want their space and they need time to meet everyone again. This might be due to someone losing their spouse recently, it could be because they have been sick and don’t feel 100% just yet. So, send an email to everyone you intend to include in the reunion and let them know what your plans are. Then you can decide on the date, time and place.
What is the budget?
Getting everyone to gather in one place will cost. Most family members will be able to pay for their own travel costs, but some may need support. The elderly people especially will need some help planning and traveling, this is doubly true if they are in a wheelchair. So, speak with everyone about their financial needs to get to the reunion and figure out what your budget will be and who can chip in to help pay for things.
Sort out any legal issues
If you are having the reunion in the US and you have family outside of the country who want to join, speak with an immigration lawyer about how to get them over. This is now even more important, as different countries have different travel laws which will affect those involved as well as the nations they are traveling to. The immigration lawyer can also help you to extend their stay should you want them to stay longer than previously planned. This may be especially true if they get sick and need to stay in hospital.
Plan the food
Food brings everyone together but you don’t want it to push everyone away. Make sure you know everyone’s allergies, food requests i.e. vegan etc. Ask who can arrive early to help cook or get the backyard ready with decorations and more. No doubt you’ll have someone who is great in the kitchen and someone else who can help you put up lights, move heavy things and make your backyard look like a nice hangout area.
Family reunions don’t have to be for one day, you can plan a few days out with everyone to make it extra special. This could be to a restaurant, a sports game or a leisure activity hosted in the local community.
It may just be the right time to start organising your own family reunion. It could be just the thing you need to lift your spirits and remind you of the most important people in your life.