I’m showing my age by referring to Salt-N-Pepa’s 1991 song, but I’m known for walking around the office singing my version.  Also, I like to reference “Awkward Turtle.” My boys, who are now teenagers, always use this gesture to mark an awkward family moment.

Moving from hip-hop to the rock music genre – communication breakdown leads to conflict and most people try to avoid conflict.  This is unfortunate especially when communicating with the people you care about most in life. So, Let’s Talk About Death Baby.

We plan for the birth of our children. We become bridezillas when planning a wedding. Yet, 70% of us avoid planning for our deaths.  Why you may ask – “Awkward Turtle!” There are two things that are certain in life: Death and Taxes.  If you plan ahead you can delay the first and avoid the second.

Estate planning can help you secure your wealth and health.  If you don’t have a plan in place, the state has a plan for you. State law prepares your Will, decides who is guardian of your kids and makes medical decisions for you. Ah Freak Out!

If you are still not convinced, please listen to this story I heard on NPR.  It never fails to give me goose bumps.  As strange as it sounds, talking about death can be a beautiful experience – it was for my Mom and me.  I lost her to cancer nine years ago.

 

The Town Where Everyone Talks About Death
By CHANA JOFFE-WALT 
NPR, March 5, 2014
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