Parenthood has brought new considerations for us, such as the need to prepare a will and ensure that our child(ren) will be taken care for. It seems like the older you get, the more you have to think about end of life preparations. I’ve touched on this before when considering the legacy my grandmother left behind, and the fact that life is too short to put off doing what really matters.
My grandfather is in good health but had decided to set his affairs in order recently. Our son is fortunate enough to know and remember his great grandfather (“grandpa with the broken cane”); I’ve written about my childhood memories of painting with grandpa as well. While I wasn’t directly involved with his end of life preparations, but my mother and aunt helped him organize his estate and complete some necessary end of life planning.
Their checklist of things to do included organizing financial paperwork, making sure that both children knew where important documents and valuables were stored, and knowing who would do what when the time comes. End of life planning doesn’t sound fun, but honestly I think it can be bring peace of mind for all involved.
Having been through a number of estate distributions, I can tell you that when a loved one has taken the time to put their affairs in order and has taken the time to do end of life planning, things go much more smoothly for the surviving family members. And it is generally less stressful too!
End of Life Planning Resources
I’ve compiled an end of life planning board on Pinterest, with a number of articles and documents that may be helpful if you’re not sure what to do so far as putting together your will, making estate plans, or even organizing important financial documents. Obviously the best choice will be to consult with your lawyer or financial planner, but for those of you who like to do extra research — here you go!
What about you? Do you have any suggestions for end of life planning made easy? Stories of aging gracefully and being prepared for the final stages of life? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.