Besides morticians and gerontologists, Elder Lawyers and estate planning attorneys are among those professionals who work with death and death-related matters as a regular part of our days. We need no memento mori sitting on our desk; we’re reminded of our mortality daily.
But not everyone is. And for those people who keep death at arm’s length, navigating the customs and kindnesses surround death can be uncomfortable. We recently read about Florence Isaacs, a paid blogger for Legacy.com, in The New York Times.
Florence presents a frank discussion about everything relating to death, from mourning and choosing flowers to deciding who pays for the funeral. In a culture that prefers not to think about death, this is helpful.
One of the blog posts we like most is “Planning for your Death Some Day Right Now.” In her own words, “Advance planning relieves survivors of an avalanche of decisions…at a time when they are grieving and stressed.”
We couldn’t have said it any better.
Leaving your loved ones with clear directions of what you want to happen after you pass is a gift. That includes having your estate plan properly prepared, creating a detailed description of what you would like to happen after you have died and telling the family members or friends about the preparation you have done and the location of important documents.
There are those individuals who prefer to leave a mess behind. Too often, our office is contacted by a family member tasked with untangling an estate that can take years to resolve. That too is a message from the grave – and not a pleasant one.