You’ve heard of bucket lists before, right? You know, those lists of places and things you want to do before “kicking the bucket?” For most people, the things they put on their bucket list are once in a lifetime opportunities.
Things like jumping out of a plane, visiting the Seven Wonders of the World, and swimming with dolphins are all things that people want to either do before they reach a certain age or before they die.
That’s what bucket lists are… things to see and do before you die but did you know that there are bucket lists for life events? There are important things you need to do before you die, but it’s more so important documents you need to complete before you die. These are important documents because if you die before you get a chance to fill them out, it can drastically affect you and the loved ones around you.
The last thing you want to do is burden your loved ones with matters you could have taken care of before your passing; it’s just added stress for them during an already stressful time. This process of getting your affairs in order and managing your assets is called estate planning. You want to have these affairs in order in the event you pass away or become incapacitated. It’s not an easy or fun process but it is a very necessary one to do before you need it.
Now, people are living much longer these days…
Advancements in technology and medicine have made it possible for people to fight off various illnesses and conditions, according to BBC. On top of that, people are taking an interest in their overall health too. People are even starting to look into natural remedies for common health problems too to enhance their health.
But even though people are living longer, that doesn’t mean you should postpone completing these important documents to prepare for the future. Take a look at these important documents you need to fill out before you die.
Last Will and Testament
The sole focus of a will is to put in writing who will receive your assets upon your death. If you have children under the age of 18, your will will also appoint who you’ve chosen to be their legal guardian upon your death… without this, a judge will appoint someone to be your children’s guardian and it could possibly be someone you wouldn’t to take care of your children.
It’s important to understand that your will won’t take effect until your date of death. So, that means that you are able to change it at any time, whether you need to add to it or remove some things from it. You can actually look at your will like a resume, in the aspect that it should continually be updated, especially when major events happen like the birth of a child or marriage/divorce.
It’s totally morbid to have to consider, but remember that you do have a say of how your funeral will run. I know it’s not ideal to think about it when you are healthy and well, but by making a list of how you want your funeral to be is something that gives your loved ones a much better feeling when they are organising it.
You can choose playlists loved by you, and highlight flowers in colours which reflect your personality. You can really make a funeral as lovely as possible (if you know what I mean…) by choosing gorgeous displays of funeral flowers. Take some time to visualise what would make you happy, and put all thoughts down on paper.
Power of Attorney
A power of attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf in the event you become incapacitated or die. The person you appoint to make these decisions will make the financial and legal decisions for you.
This is a great power to give to someone so you want to make sure that you really trust them because it’s too easy for someone to take full advantage of that power. So make sure you obtain this document and make sure you choose the right person to make decisions on your behalf.
Your living will is a document that outlines your wishes in regards to end-of-life care; doctors would call this Directive. In a living will, you’re taking the decision away from doctors and loved ones on what to do as far as your care when you are unconscious or dying.
Having your family members have to make that decision can take quite a toll on them and even make them feel guilty to make the decision to keep you alive or let you die.
With a living will, you can decide whether or not you want to be put on life support or deny feeding tubes, etc. You have the power to decide your end-of-life care… your family members will be there to make sure your wishes are carried out.
Letter of Intent
A letter of intent is simply a letter to your loved ones that allow you to express your wishes and special requests. This letter might include information on how you want your funeral to go or if you want to be cremated. A letter of intent isn’t a legally binding document but it will certainly clear up any type of confusion when it comes to your preferences when you die.
Planning your estate can be a long and daunting process but it is something you need to do before you actually need it. It’s important that you do this because life is so unpredictable. You’ve heard people say that someone died way too soon, right? They say that because their death was so unexpected and untimely that people feel like they didn’t get to experience that person long enough.
Make sure that you get your affairs in order before you actually need them. You want to obtain all of these documents and complete them before anything happens. It can be scary to think about but it’s very necessary.