Living Well Should Include Planning for Death

“… you need to talk about this, and not whisper about it. It isn't going to go away, and we're all going to die someday.”

This article offers a strong case for the need to plan for one’s death for reasons that are legal, economic, and most importantly, emotional. The article uses the example of Margie Jenkins, a psychotherapist turned author and professional speaker on end-of-life planning. Jenkins offers a list of legal and economic measures to put in place, as well as less obvious ideas.

 “We plan for weddings, we plan for the birth of a baby, we plan for vacations, we plan for everything. We think you should plan for the end of your life, too. There are just things that we think that you should think about doing, and many of them you can do now. We think people should put them into a file, give it a name, and tell their family what they're doing. Communication is so important, and you need to talk about this, and not whisper about it. It isn't going to go away, and we're all going to die someday.”

 

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