At Legacy Safeguard, we routinely take calls from family Members who have lost a loved one and they are trying to write an obituary for them. This can be a very difficult for family Members to write, especially during the immediate aftermath of loss. Many times we hear, “there must be an easier way to do this.” No one wants to write their obituary in advance because it’s such a difficult thing to consider, but a great alternative is writing your Life Story for their family to help them with this at the time of need.
Your Life Story can be fun to write and it can also be a way to include your family to get some of their favorite memories and thoughts. Many times, writing a Life Story can encourage you more than you can ever imagine, because you’ll hear what you’ve meant to people and they will open up to you like never before. In addition, this can be a time for you to tell your family how much they mean to you. This is also an opportunity for you to share stories that they may have never known about your childhood and other parts of your life.
The best way to begin is to get started now. This is not something that you want to put off. Write down your ideas on paper and try to think about all of the most important events in your life. This can be about your childhood, your education, your wedding, children and grandchildren… Also, perhaps include your involvement in your place of worship and other organizations with which you are involved.
As estate planning attorneys, your clients trust you to help them make many hard decisions. They need your expertise in how to structure their estate and protect their life’s work. So, be the one that helps them think about writing their Life Story to lessen this burden on their family, but also to help them be remembered long after they’re gone. Their families will appreciate this more than you will ever know!
Bryan W. Adams is President & CEO of Premier Planning, LLC and Founder of Legacy Safeguard. Bryan is considered one of the nations’ leading experts on final expense planning, and he frequently speaks throughout the country about the importance of assisting clients to gain peace of mind through advanced funeral funding.
Bryan’s passion for helping families prepare for their final expenses came from being raised in the funeral business. His family still owns and operates several funeral homes, and he is constantly amazed at how unprepared families are when a death occurs. Bryan has worked tirelessly to help Americans plan for the inevitable and lessen the burden on their loved ones.
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