A Difficult Subject

July 31, 2011

in the generous life

I mentioned awhile back that a friend of mine lost her husband and son in a plane crash.  It was one of those “this can’t be real” moments … but it was.  © Lorenz Timm | Dreamstime.comI watched my friend walk with incredible surety in the goodness of God and His ability to care for her, even in the face of such terrible loss.  I also watched her learn some difficult truths as she struggled through finding papers (and sometimes not finding papers).  Where was the insurance?  Was there insurance?  What company did they use for the electricity?  Where were the birth certificates? and on and on and on.

I’m not sharing this personal difficulty to show disrespect for anyone’s home’s office.  My paperwork has not always been perfect and I’m a neatnik (and actually I’m in the process of updating all our household information because this loss has been a real wake up call for me).  My point is:

It’s a very generous thing to have your paperwork in order, so that in the event of your death, your spouse will have an easier time of dealing with the inevitable onslaught of paperwork, decisions and new responsibilities.  Be kind.  Be prepared.

I’ve created a section on the site with reference material.  I encourage y’all to take a peek and use what is beneficial to you.  It can help you set up your paperwork from scratch or just give you an overview to make sure that you have what you need already in place.

Being Generous to the End

I sincerely hope that none of you (or your sweeties) will ever find yourself in need of this information, but if you should, I would like to see you prepared and ready.

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Be generous!  Lori <><

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Julie Jones July 31, 2011 at 11:13 am

This is a great article today and something everyone should do. Dave Ramsey, who I really like, calls it his “Legacy Drawer”. If he should die, everyone knows to go to this drawer and all information will be there. Information for insurance, accounts, copy of will, etc. I am in the process of getting this all together. I lost my first husband in a car accident 9.5 years ago and left alone with two kids (4 and 9 months old) and thankfully everything was in order then. Unfortunately, even after going through that horrible tragedy, I have not been that good with the information currently. Thanks for the push to do it.

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Jennifer Still July 31, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Thank you for posting this.

May God bless and comfort your friend during this time.

We just moved across the state and my husband went ahead of us to start working. During the packing and moving I realized that I didnt even know where all our stuff was located and I am the one who takes care of all those papers and files. I was moved then to get organized and make sure that we both know where everything is in case of an emergency. That was just 7 weeks ago. I needed to be reminded again.

Thanks,

Jennifer

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Laura July 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm

My husband and I recently went through a lot of our paperwork and started putting together an “emergency” file for accidents and disasters. Thanks for this info and the push to continue to do it!

May God bless and continue to support your friend.

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