Truth ~ End of Life

The only certainties in life are death and taxes.  ~  Mark Twain

Everybody lies, and everybody lies the most to themselves.  Because of my 30 years in banking and finance, I have been able to mostly avoid paying taxes through not always telling the whole truth, but death is something nobody can avoid.  However, like a lot of men I’ve been lying to myself about that.  It’s time I faced the truth.

Over the past few weeks I’ve come to the conclusion that I need an ‘end-of-life’ plan, so that others are not left to clear up what is left after I shuffle off this mortal coil.  I never wanted to think about these morbid things, yet what I need to do over the next few weeks and months is put in place some very uncomfortable stuff.

  1. Contact a lawyer and write my will.  I more or less know what’s going to be in it.
  2. With the same lawyer write a ‘living will‘.  A living will is an advance decision that says I refuse certain medical treatments, even if that would lead to my death.  I have no wish to spend my final days as a vegetable.
  3. Contact a funeral director to arrange and pay for my cremation ~ which will be a very simple affair.
  4. I have more money than I can sensibly spend between now and when I’m not really interested in having fun any more.  Even though I’m an expert in banking and finance, the money I have, and the property I own should be better managed.  I need to get on with that.
  5. I need a better plan for my own physical and mental health.

I never, ever wanted to think about these morbid schemes.  Planning my own ‘end-of-life’ has been freaking me out.  But, now that I’m determined to get on with it, things don’t seem so bad.

The greatest reward a man can leave at the end of his life is a clean and tidy death.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

10 responses

  1. I’m so damn proud of you! This is one of the most important things you can do. It is NOT morbid, it makes sense. Anyone who has a garden is intimate with all the facets of life from birth to death and everything in between (even cross genders as zucchini can cross with other squash, including punkin and that is really odd!!). I was fortunate I bugged mom enough to get her to sign stuff days before she died. Literally. Friday night it was processed by the borough, she was gone Monday before noon. Stupid. I’d had that damn paperwork for MONTHS! Anyway, I’m glad you are doing this. It is brave and smart and logical. Heart you sweetheart!!!!

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    1. Thank you Kris ❤ ❤ ❤
      I didn't even want to think about all this end-of-life stuff, but I'm much happier and more settled now that I'm getting on with it.
      Hugs and kisses. ❤

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      1. Hooray!!! xoxoxo

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  2. Once all that want to do. Is done, Then live life to full have a blast of time in process. Lock all this paperwork in safe let it collect dust . Get back to travelling where is your cute hunk of teddy bear Marmy 🥰. Leave everything to Marmy 😁

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    1. That’s good advice ☺

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  3. That does sound scary, but I wish you the best of luck as you start this process!!

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    1. Thank you. I really didn’t want to even think about this. 😉

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  4. I encourage you to do what you planned. I did mine when I was at death’s door but lived. Will, funeral, living will and appointing executor etc. I know it sounds taboo but I always know life is begining of death and each day of life shortens it and brings me closer to death. Take care and proud of you as you start to do this.🤗

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    1. For me it’s very scary. 😉 ❤

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      1. Stay strong and you can do it!

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