For the record, cell phones don’t work in heaven. So when it comes to documenting your final wishes, where are you?
- You’re taking your cell phone with you anyway and hoping for a strong signal.
I like your optimism, but check out this book anyway.
- You know you’re NOT exempt from the circle of life.
Keep that thought. You’re ready to create one of the most important documents your loved ones will ever need.
Why a Will Isn’t Enough
This is not a book about financial strategy, estate planning, writing a will, or creating a trust. Everyone, whatever their financial status, needs these tools—but not from me. I don’t give stock tips or advice on golf swings either. As a 17 handicap, I’m the recipient of pointers from well-intentioned golfers who keep losing money with me as their partner. But here is an important fact that you need to know about a will or trust. It is the underlying reason why I am writing this book, and I hope it will be a driving force for you to fill it out for your loved ones. You can’t put everything in your will or trust that your family needs to know when you’re gone. Single, married, or divorced, it doesn’t matter. Wills, trusts, and other legal documents are simply not designed to communicate some of the most important information your family needs. For instance:
- Where IS the original of your will, and what is the name of the lawyer who drew it up?
- Are there life insurance policies? If so, where are they located and who are the insurance agents?
- What are your assets and income streams? Debts and liabilities?
- How much money will your partner or spouse have to live on after you are gone?
- Who really gets the portrait of great-grandpa – and why?
Do these sound like simple questions with straightforward answers? To confirm that they are not, talk to some friends about how it feels to search high and low through their parents’ home looking for a will that is nowhere to be found. Listen to spouses who, in the middle of paralyzing grief, realize that they do not know if they have enough money to cover their monthly expenses. Try settling an escalating argument between two otherwise civilized family members, both of whom believe that they were promised their grandmother’s antique mirror.
All these matters are legitimate concerns that deserve well-planned answers, and who better qualified to give them than you?
“Cell Phones Don’t Work in Heaven made it simple for me to have a matter-of-fact conversation with my parents, who are in their mid-eighties, about their vital records and how to access them. In just two thirty-minute sessions, we were able to gather together everything I and my siblings needed to know, including passwords, funeral wishes, and details about some special gifts they wanted to make. I didn’t know how relieved I would feel, or how touched I was to hear their wishes and know that I can carry them out when the time comes.”
– Barbara R. Thompson, Author and Writing Coach
What are you waiting for?
Sure, it’s tough to think about the future, but we owe it to ourselves and to our loved ones to document the critical information they will need when we can no longer be with them.
Cell Phones Don’t Work in Heaven is a concise workbook with easy-to-use forms. You don’t have to be an accountant or lawyer to capture your essential information, and the level of detail is completely up to you. Here’s a peek at the first steps:
The result? You and your loved ones will have a record of vital information and reflections, compiled in one place and easy to access. This record will be one of the best gifts you ever give to your family and yourself.
“Because of Cell Phones Don’t Work in Heaven, my mother and I had an important conversation about documenting our family records and end-of-life issues just before my father suddenly passed away. It was a difficult time, but it was so much easier because we had already begun talking to one another and planning for her future without him.”
– Denise Jennings, Fine Artist and Arts Education Consultant