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When is the right time to start your people search

Most of us have lost touch with friends and family as our lives move on. This could be as a result of an arguement, family breakup or because of a move to a new area. But, whatever the reason for losing touch, it is important to decide when it is a good moment to begin a search. Before looking for someone, consider your own current emotional state.

Are your emotions so raw and vulnerable that you would be dysfunctional and distressed during the search? Are you prepared to handle the situation and the possible results, both positive and negative, if the person you are looking for is found? Have you considered that even if you find the person, they may not wish to be located or contacted? Do you know how you will feel when your search is over? How will they react when you find them? These are a few of the questions you need to ask yourself prior to searching for a lost person. Having a support network is essential before initiating a search for a person. You should have a good friend or family member who can discuss ideas, feeling and results with you along the way. Just having a supportive person to bounce off can be reassuring during a stressful time and allow you essential opportunities to vent.

If you do not have a trusted friend or family member to confide in, consider joining an online support group to air your feelings and share the experiences of others in similar situations. Groups such as AdoptionOpenRecords2 at MSN Groups give you an opportunity to make contact with people you can relate with during this sensitive period in your life. If you are feeling particularly vulnerable and anxious about finding a person, you should discuss your thoughts with a counsellor. Sometimes locating someone from your past can bring up difficult emotions, such as fear, love, anger or guilt. Your feelings are valid and you should share them with a trained professional prior to initiating your search for a lost person. Issues from your past need to be properly worked out before you start to find someone in the present.

Further, feeling needy is never the right reason to start searching for someone. Perhaps circumstances in your life have caused you to focus more on your past, such as a recent personal disappointment or loss. Your current circumstances need to be resolved to ensure that you are not looking for a lost person to try to fulfill some other deficit in your life. When you find someone from your past it will not solve any problems you may have at the moment. For example, trying to locate your school sweetheart because of the pain a recent breakup may not the best reason to initiate a search. Take your time, get over your current stress and then consider whether you really want to find someone from your past or whether you were just looking for a way to feel better.

It is never suitable to seek someone when you are emotionally unstable because your neediness will be evident and could even deter the person you wanted to reunite with. Always consider the feelings of the person you are trying to find. Do they really want to be found? Will they be happy you initiated a search or will you cause them harm or distress? Although it does not always turn out to be the case, you should at least suspect that the person you want to find would appreciate being located. Perhaps they have started a new life and if you showed up, it could cause strain for them in their current situation. Be considerate of the person you want to find, as well as the world they may have created for themselves.

It is also essential to discuss finding a lost person with the people you currently share your life with. Remember that your partner and your children may feel jealous and unhappy if you make contact with that old flame from your past. Or maybe your adoptive parents did not anticipate your desire to look up your natural family and should be prepared for the possibility. Although the final decision to locate a person remains your own, try to be thoughtful toward the feelings of the people in your current world.

If they do not agree with your search, you still need to be open and honest about your intentions. Remember, that bringing a new person into your life will affect the people closest to you. Finally, if you need to find someone for legal purposes, employ a professional to handle the search and your legal affairs. Legal issues can be tricky and it is best to consult with a solicitor and an investigator prior to attempting to handle them yourself. Once you have considered your motives and timing, you are ready to find that person you miss.

Although tracing a long lost person can be time-consuming and painstaking, the results could be the joy of that desired reunion with someone special. Consider the benefits of employing a skilled genealogist and investigator to simplify your people search and act as an essential buffer for organizing your reunion.

You can learn more about how to look for someone by reading Giles Higgitt's weekly newsletter, the 'UK People Search News'. Go to http://www.Blood-Ties.Com/news.htm to learn the insider secrets of a private investigator.

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