Leaving the Living: Putting Your Affairs in Order

Woman talking to an agent about funeral plans

Life is fleeting and unpredictable. This is why people try to live to the fullest by experiencing different things, travelling to different places, and even sampling various cuisines and delicacies. As the old adage goes, you only live once. Another one says to drink, eat and be merry for tomorrow we die. The reality is that no one can really tell how and when you are going to leave the world for good. That’s why while it’s good to have fun while you’re alive, it pays to be prepared for the end.

With that said, there has to be some kind of arrangement that will help you make sure that your affairs will be in order. Focusing on these things will keep conflicts at bay, and you will have the peace of mind during the last seconds of your life. This may sound grim, but there is a great tendency that people will have some unfinished business at the end of their days. And before you pass on, you will want to decide what will happen after you die.

So as early as possible, here are some of the things that may help you put things in order:

Choose your funeral arrangement

It may seem quite jaded, but it’s really just more of a practicality. Choosing your funeral arrangements is the very first thing you may want to do. There are many ways to deal with your body once you die, and you surely want your family to know about it. You may want a proper burial or even to be cremated. This is something that you can include in your will; you can even include the program of your funeral service if you so desire.  Or if you want it to plan in advance, you may want to inquire about funeral planning services in your locality.

Organise your debts and financial obligations

Man organizing finances

You do not want to be a burden to your family and friends even if you have passed on. If you have cash in hand, you should address them as soon as possible. But if you think you cannot afford to pay for everything in one go, you can write in your will to use the money from your life insurance to deal with those debts. You’d be dead, but the idea of leaving something behind for your family like income assurance can give you peace of mind.

Decide what to do with your digital life

Your digital persona is another layer to think about. You do not want your digital self sticking around after you die. However, there are some social media services that memorialise the profiles of the deceased. You can choose secondary people who can access your accounts once you die.

Life is short, and though you’d rather focus on living it to the fullest, you should take the time to think about what comes after your gone. Make some arrangements for yourself and your family. These are just some of the things to think about when dealing with your post-life matters. Do it with discretion and involve reliable people.

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