Relationships with the parents and family of our loved ones come in all shapes and sizes. Family dynamics which were once complicated can become clearer as you all grieve the death of a central person in your lives or what was once a rock-solid relationship can become messy, complicated and hurtful. As time passes the relationship with your loved one’s family may shift, becoming awkward, problematic or even better than ever, depending on the circumstances. No matter what your relationship status is with your in-laws there is a potential for perceived judgment on both sides; awkwardness regarding how and how often to speak about your loved one; and uncertainty about your future relationship as everyone’s lives unfold post-loss. After 25 years of juggling in-laws, Rachel will share what she has learned about perception versus reality in regards to in-law relationships, and also practical approaches for handling a wide variety of complicated family situations including: adding a new partner to your life, how/if/when to stay connected for your children, figuring out how to cope when grieving styles are different, sorting out ‘memorial’ challenges, and tools for navigating toxic or complicated relationships. This workshop will help you map out a path for a future with your in-laws, no matter what that relationship looks like today.