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Great post and insight on the facilitative mediation style. Even though the style that I focused on in my original post is transformative, I believe that the facilitative would be the best method for this particular situation. Like you said, the parties have come to agreement over all other items, now it is just the piano. You would have to assume they were reasonable up to this point. In this case the mediator would need to search for interests underneath the positions taken by both parties and assist in finding and analyzing options for a resolution (Zumeta, n.d.). Since this item has sentimental value to the “OP,” there will most likely be emotional involvement and may need several caucuses before the dispute is settled. I agree that evaluative would not be the best way to go in this case, as the established trust and respect could be lost if forced to make a decision. I could see transformative mediation used, if this mediation was for the piano only and the other items were already settled. I had a similar example of transformative mediation that you read in my post. After 25 years together, you would not think that new feelings would come up, but you never know.