One of the pillars of our upbringing was dinner together. We would have lively debates and exchanges over dinner. I believe it allowed us to manage many of the needs of our parents because as siblings we learned how to disagree with each other without being disagreeable.
Our safety hatch for the past few days was our parents love of meals with family. We used it to help us transition through many of the goals we set in getting our parents into the new apartment in Assisted Living. With more than one sibling at the table, we would talk about past vacations, friends and relatives. It allowed us to redirect the day and revisit some wonderful days in our past together.
On the move day I left before dinner, but my two brothers and sister joined my parents for dinner and walked them to their new apartment before saying good night. Succeeded.