I'm Sue and John Weaver's daughter, Robyne. It was a devastating shock when we received a call on July 3rd that they had found both of my parents deceased. I left Indiana the following morning to go to Arkansas to take care of the over 50 animals to be sure that they were all placed in homes.
Thanks to many people coming together, donating funds, volunteering time and opening their homes, all of the animals that lived with my parents all were placed. I'll never be able to thank everyone enough for all of their help, prayers and caring during all of struggles and grief.
I spent 4 weeks in Arkansas trying to make sure that all of the animals had homes, their property was secure, and a lawyer was lined up to take care of their estate. After coming home, 2 weeks later my daughter had a brain aneurysm and passed on August 22nd. It was totally unexpected and devastating to our family.
I had originally planned on taking my parents ashes to Split Rock Lighthouse in Minnesota for their final resting place. It was a place they loved and I felt they would be happy there. They both wanted to go back to Minnesota.
As many of you know, I raise hedgehogs. Hedgehogs can stress very easily and will miscarry, so I lost all my litters of babies both times that I was gone.
I'm on disability but only get $128 a month so my hedgehogs and their accessories are what I rely on. With the losses of my parents in July and then my daughter in August, I've missed 7 of my Exotics Expos in the last 3 months. That income is what covers a good portion of our expenses and anything extra.
I know for some taking my parents ashes to Minnesota is something that could wait. For me, it's a promise that I made and something I need for closure. I made that promise and I need to be able to keep it. I somehow need to be able to do that to be able to move on.
I've also been notified by their bank that if their mortgage isn't kept paid up to date for their property that they're going to foreclose on it. I was told in the beginning that it would come out of their estate accounts or out of the money once the property was sold. But as of this time I've still yet to get any paperwork to be able to even open their estate accounts nor the papers to be able to sell the property. So I need to somehow be able to pay their mortgage (or at least catch it up) plus still keep up with ours at the same time.
The lawyer's office has yet to give me the paperwork that is needed to open the basic estate accounts yet. So everything is running behind on schedule. When I contact the lawyer's office, I always hear the same thing " We're just waiting on some paperwork to be signed.".
The lawyer's office originally told me that they were giving me a break on the cost but now they're telling me that it's going to cost me the full amount and that I need to come up with the rest of the deposit.
They're also saying now that they may need more funds depending on how long it takes to get the estates/probate taken care of.
I'm not one who would normally ask for help but I'm not sure what else to do at this time. I had many people ask if there was anything they could do to help when my parents passed. I've tried to do it all on my own but life keeps throwing me curve balls. I know right now that I'm not going to have the income from my business to be able to cover these expenses because it will be at least 11 to 12 weeks before I have baby hedgehogs for sale again, saying that babies are actually born on schedule.
Right now the things that I'm really concerned about covering are the last two months of their mortgage (I already paid July) and the money to the lawyer so that I can continue to try to get things finalized. If I can't get help with getting to Minnesota, I understand completely.
Any help would be appreciated. If you're not able to help at this time, prayers for strength and healing are always appreciated too. If there's money leftover, I'll donate back to one of the animal groups.
This has been a very rough summer. I just need to get some of this stuff over with, get some closure and try to learn how to live this new life that I've been dealt.
Thank you everyone. Thank you for being friends to my parents and continuing to be there for me