If you got hit by a bus tomorrow, what would your loved ones be left with? Happy memories, or sad ones? Clutter and uncertainty? Or clear instructions and valued keepsakes?
What will your legacy be?
Do you have a will?
Just for starters, do you have a will? More than half of Americans don’t. A will is your last chance to communicate with your loved ones. Think of it as a love letter to your family. Don’t miss the opportunity to show them how much you care! Think about how you would feel in their place. Would you rather be left clear instructions? Or no instructions at all? Do you want to burden your family by forcing them to make a ton of decisions on top of grieving your loss?
At first glance this topic might seem morbid to you. I’m calling the whole package of things you can do to prepare for your own death “A Valentine for Your Family” because I’m writing this in February, but it’s also a gift to yourself when you consider the peace of mind that comes with it. I hope you will end up feeling lighter as a result, and better able to enjoy your life knowing you’ve done what you could, while you could, to prepare for the inevitable. Less clutter. More life.
My Valentine to YOU is this updated Legacy Resource Roundup:
Each category contains blog articles, checklists, and other types of resources to help you navigate this sometimes-difficult topic.
- Start a Conversation with Your Family
- Talking about death won’t kill you, LOL!
- Declutter & Organize Your Stuff
- Will your kids view your things as keepsakes or clutter?
- Preserve Your Family History
- Organize your research so it makes sense and doesn’t get tossed when you die.
- Organize Your Photos
- Gather, sort, organize, archive, backup, maintain, display, and share your favorite photos!
- Organize Your Estate Paperwork
- Gather your important documents together, and make sure someone else knows where they are.
- Create a Will (or Two)
- Make a traditional will and/or trust… and a virtual will for your digital estate.
- Plan to Age & Die with Dignity
- Downsizing considerations, end of life care…and funerals.
Since not everyone leaves a tidy estate, here’s another section that will probably come in handy for you:
- What to Do When Someone Else Dies
- Including a checklist.
Click here to view the Legacy Resource Roundup. Focus on one category at a time. Don’t worry that you can’t do it all at once. Like any gift, it’s up to you how much or how little you want to give. Just pick something that’s been on your mind and do it. When you are finished with that, pick your next highest priority area to work on. Ask for help if you need it. If you run out of time, well, at least you died trying! LOL?
Have you had a conversation with your family about end of life matters?
Do you think your family will appreciate your efforts?
Please share in the comments below!
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