I don’t like to think that I might die. When my son was a small baby I found myself very concerned with my own mortality. Gradually, over time, I give dying less consideration. Obviously, I will die at some point and I hope that is far into the future, because of this ‘hope’ I’ve never made a will.
‘Making a Will’ is on my Day Zero List but was fairly low in my priorities. Days out, camping, holidays, not eating chocolate for a week. All before making a Will.
Last week I was passing a branch of Age UK and noticed a poster for. November is Will Aid month.
Visit a participating solicitor, he or she will draw up a Will and instead of paying them you donate the fee to charity. Will Aid benefits a number of charities. It seemed to me to be a good idea.
A few day’s later I’m drinking tea from a cup and saucer and sitting in a rather posh leather chair at a solicitors. “This is like the mastermind chair” I think. I’ve worn a skirt for the first time in ages and I’m carrying my best handbag. I feel ‘grown up’. Specialist subject ‘me and my assets’.
The mastermind chair turned out to be rather appropriate because the solicitor asked me a number of tricky questions. Some of which I had to “pass” on.
I appreciated in making a Will I would be contemplating my own death and considering my assets. To be honest, I’d not really considered in any depth what would happen to Noo and Mr Noo if I die. I’d certainly blocked out; what if something happens to Mr Noo and me? Who would be a Guardian for our son? What if something happens to the three of us?
I hadn’t considered burial or cremation but that seemed the least of my worries. Although, I may have decided on a song and I’m sure that will come as a huge relief to those left behind.
If the worst did happen I need to know that I’ve put everything in place to the best advantage for Noo. In doing so hope that I’ve made things simpler and less stressful for those I would leave behind.
I’m glad I’ve done it and I very much hope I won’t be needing it for a very, very long time.
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