So often, we tend to have the horrible habit of putting off things which may seem unpleasant or be tasks that we dread. Nothing is more true when we address the topic of our mortality.
I’ll be quite honest and frank with people all of the time on this subject, because the bottom line here is this, folks: just because you feel like avoiding it, doesn’t make it go away. Quite the opposite in many regards, because what you are really doing is telling those closest to you that your feelings and fears are greater and more important than your love for them.
Sounds harsh, doesn’t it? Well, to again not beat around the bush here, leaving all of the legwork up to those you claim to love instead of doing it yourself is even more harsh. To those that are ok with continuing to procrastinate on having this conversation with yourself and then your loved ones, I say shame on you!
Today I was speaking with my parents about some of these issues, and it came to my attention that they had some additional policies that I was not aware of. Actually, that is a great problem to have, since most people don’t have any or not enough!! The issue that immediately came to my mind though, was that when something happens later, do we know who needs to be contacted with each company, and what details would we need to have on hand?
I imagine that this is not a unique question to be asked, so I wanted to do people a favor and provide to you a document that you can use, print, fill out, and include with all of your documentation of policies in force. When that horrible time comes for your family, leave them a feeling of how much you love them by having the items together that they will need. Names, phone numbers, companies, policy numbers, etc. all in one place so that they don’t have to think about where it might be, or where to find it.
After all, isn’t that what you would want them to do for you?