Have you ever had to step in and help a relative who went through a surgery or had a sudden decline in physical or mental ability?
If you’re like me, these situations bring out the true essence of family and call on us to think about our own future. It’s only after something happens that many of us become aware of our own lack of planning.
A loved one who never created a will or thought about the possibility of a disability can lead to family conflict and confusion. It generates a lot of questions, and if you’re not able to come to an agreement with other family members about what’s best, can also delay getting the best treatment and support for the loved one.
I know that it’s not easy to decide how I want my affairs handled if something happens to me, but it’s also not a situation I want my husband or children to have to face. I can make things easier for them in what is otherwise a challenging circumstance by sitting down and putting my thoughts on paper. From end of life care to who I want to manage my finances if something happens to me, this means peace of mind for me and my family members.
While I hope it’s not a situation we ever have to face, I know I want a say in what my future looks like and one that reduces stress for the loved ones who step up to help.
What’s your lineage?