Have you ever heard the phrase, “the operation was successful, but the patient died”?
That is exactly what happened to the family that turned to Mosaica for intergenerational mediation after a legal proceeding regarding their inheritance had been completed. During the proceeding, one party emerged victorious, but family relationships were destroyed in the process: in effect, the “patient” died. This case, like so many others, demonstrates the high price, not only financial, paid by family members who take legal action against their kin.
However, in this case, one member of family refused to give up. Despite his grievances, he contacted Mosaica for mediation in order to restore the relationships destroyed by his legal “victory.” Additional family members agreed to join the process, saying that they had nothing left to lose, as the world’s most precious resource – that of family – had already been lost. The family was no longer what it used to be; it had collapsed.
During the mediation sessions, each of the parties had the chance to deeply listen to each other, fully understand each other’s point of view and the needs driving them. After this important step, they managed to see beyond their narrow viewpoints and accept that there were other perspectives of which they had previously been unaware. Slowly, they released their personal grievances in order to listen and see the humanity of the others. Due to this process and their determination to improve, they were able to revive the love they had lost in the process of the court case. Solutions were consensually agreed upon and formalized in a contract.