We’re sure you like thinking about your mortality just as much we like thinking about ours, but let’s not beat around the bush: our time on this earth is limited. That’s exactly what makes life an exciting, wondrous miracle. Who wants to live forever, anyway? Great, now we’re all on the same page, we can start getting down to business. Because there are a few things you must do before you meet your maker. Some of these are kind of essential, some we’re adding just because they’ll make your death all the more bearable.
The Funeral and Resting Place
There are plenty of traditions surrounding funerals and the general tone and conduct of the mourning process, but we’re not so sure that these have to be so rigorously adhered to. There’s nothing to say you can’t make your funeral a fun occur. Let’s put a positive spin on a lamentable event; instead of it being a party of sadness, why not make it a party that celebrates your time on earth? You’ve been on a journey that was fun, loving, and all in all worth the experience. ‘Fun Funerals’, as they’re called in the business, have been on the rise in recent years, and have replaced more traditional, cut and paste funeral services for those who lived their lives in fun ways.
Also on the rise are alternative resting places. Why live six feet under the ground when you could become a tree? You’ll be a home for the birds and surrounded by other trees when you’re buried in a pod that eventually grows into a full tree.
Dying can be an expensive business. Fortunately for you, you won’t be around to pick up the bill. But there will be others who have to deal with the fallout of your departure, so the best you can do is at least make it as easy as possible for them.
That means sorting out a will before you die so your remaining friends and relatives know how to divide up any assets you might leave behind. It’s also crucially important that you let people know if you have any pensions or life insurance policies that can be claimed after you’re gone. If they don’t know about them, then there’s nothing they can do to get the money! Talking of life insurance policies, you might want to make sure you get one. As we mentioned above, dying is an expensive business. A no medical exam life insurance policy is straightforward and goes a long way to helping to pay for your funeral. There’s also any unpaid bills and mortgages you might have left behind, as well as the simple matter of potentially having one less income in the household.
The Digital End
There’s a new issue for people dying these days: the digital footprint they leave behind. Setting up a folder with access codes to any social media and email accounts – and information regarding what you want to be done with them – is one way to ensure your online legacy is handled in a proper way. There are ways for your family members to close down social media accounts in the event of your death, but the scope of our online presence means it’ll be easier if a family member can take care of it personally.