It is rare to give much thought to how you want to leave the world and those you love behind when we pass away from this life.
As you age, it is common to experience loss of loved ones, friends and colleagues, or have friends who experience the same.
Thinking about how you want to be remembered may be best captured in Stephen Covey’s concept: “Begin with the end in mind.”
There are two ways to do this:
- Develop your personal mission. This is a realistic, guiding vision of what you intend to accomplish in life around which you measure your actions and decisions
- Determine how you want to be remembered after you pass from your life and work to cultivate those character traits and actions to achieve it.
Keeping all of this in mind, it is important to consider putting into place those things that will offer those left behind as smooth of a transition as possible by getting your affairs in order.
Legal and Important Documents:
- Life insurance
- Power of attorney
- Health care power of attorney
- Health care directive
- Funeral and burial wishes
While not the most exciting topic to contemplate, preparing for the smoothest transition for those you will leave behind may be one of the greatest gifts you could give them.