Getting older is a simple fact of life. What is not so simple is the emotional and financial strain that can be left upon the family members that are left behind after you pass on. Here are things you can do to help take care of your family, so you can grow older with comfort and ease.
Planning funeral arrangements
When you prepare your own funeral, you help protect your family from the stress and finances that are involved with funeral services. The average funeral costs between $7,000 and $10,000, which is a lot of money for grieving family members to have to worry about in the event of your death. Many people choose to pay for their burial services in advance so they can bring relief to the people they leave behind. You can confidently help care for your loved ones by doing the same. Consider the following when preparing your funeral services:
- casket/casket liner
- funeral director fees
- cost of renting a funeral home
- burial location
- cremation services
Work with a funeral director to pay for many of these things in advance. If desired, you can also set aside a few thousand dollars to help pay for other necessities for a funeral service, including flowers, food, and other supplies.
Selling your home
You may find it in your best interest to sell your home so you have more funds for your children to inherit. This is also a great idea if you are worried about making your family take care of your estate after you pass on. Any funds left over from selling your home should be placed in your will so it is evenly dispersed the way you intend it to be. Only sell your home if you are planning on downgrading to a smaller and less expensive residence, or if you've made arrangements to move into assisted living or senior housing.
Now is the time to celebrate. Spend every moment you can with your children and grandchildren, taking pictures and videos of your fun activities that your loved ones can reflect on later when you've passed on. Plan a small road trip or a family cruise during the summer so everyone can bond and have a delightful time. Just because you are planning on how you are going to take care of your family after you die doesn't mean you cannot enjoy the true love of family now. Make every moment count, so the memories can last beyond your own lifetime.
As you get older, there are many things you can do to take care of your family so they aren't left burdened after you are gone. From making funeral arrangements to creating lasting memories, you can help take care of your family even when you cannot physically be there for them.