- 1: Outline Your Wants, Wishes, and Wills
- 2: Create an Estate Plan
- 3: Review Your Beneficiary Designations
- 4: Put Your Finances in Order
- 5: Outline Your End-of-Life Wishes
- 6: Sign a Power of Attorney
- 7: Prepare Guidelines for Your Guardians
- 8: Write A Letter of Instruction
- 9: Talk to Your Loved Ones About Your Wants, Wishes, and Wills
- 10: Review Your Wants, Wishes, and Wills
9: Talk to Your Loved Ones About Your Wants, Wishes, and Wills
Although we’re more than happy to talk about the death of a famous celebrity, the gentleman down the street, or the latest victim of a horrific crime, the last thing we want to discuss is our own death or that of someone close to us.
Although you might not look forward to these conversations, you need to have them. Tell your loved ones exactly what you want to happen if you’re facing the end of life. Let them know that you understand the tough decisions you might be asking them to make. Don’t rely on a legal document alone. Your family needs to hear exactly what you want. Make sure they truly understand your wishes.