When a spouse passes way, the emotion and magnitude of the loss turns our world upside down. All at once, we are faced with the heavy burden of tasks and responsibilities that can place us under a lot of pressure.
Dealing with grief after the loss of a loved one is a personal thing. And everyone deals with it in a different way. And in addition to the grief, there is usually a mountain of decisions to make and tasks to accomplish. But there is no need to go it alone.
“Being in the financial planning industry for over 35 years and focusing on end of life planning, we’ve become accustomed to seeing first-hand what families go through after the death of a loved one. Many times, there is added pain and frustration because they just don’t know what to do.” Michelle Braddock, Co-Founder, My Life and Wishes Inc.
We’ve seen the difference between knowing what your spouse or loved ones’ desires are, and not knowing. There is peace knowing how the final arrangements are going to be paid, vs not knowing. There is comfort in knowing you have access to your loved ones’ pictures stored in their technology. And there is relief, knowing you know how to access all the needed documents and information, compared to not even knowing what you are looking for.
So to help families during this time, we’ve created a checklist. You can download it here; What To Do When Your spouse Dies. Share it with friends and family. It’s meant to provide peace of mind during a confusing time.
And remember, there is a lot to do. Don’t be afraid to ask loved ones for help.
And for further planning, go to www.mylifeandwishes.com for help creating your complete end-of-life plan.