Having children is a blessing. It can also be a challenge, especially when they reach the age of adulthood. Why? For starters, talking to your adult children about the inevitable can be very difficult, but it is very necessary. Below, you will find some tips for preparing your adult children for the inevitable, which includes your death and the reading of your will.
There’s nothing wrong with talking about death and what will come after you die. In fact, it’s a great idea because you are putting your adult children ahead of the curve. Having a plan laid out for the end of your life, including choosing a funeral home and a grave plot, can help your children deal with your death whenever it comes.
The most important part of this discussion should be centered around your will. It is up to you, but you can tell your adult children what is in your will, so they don’t have to hear it at the reading after you have passed. If not, make sure they know where a copy of the will is located.
You might also want to tell your adult children about the attorney you used to draft the will, especially if that attorney has the original copies of the will. This will make things go much smoother upon your death if your children cannot find your copy of the will for some reason.
Now that you know how to talk to your adult child about your death and the will you’ve created, you can plan the conversation. Make sure everyone is together and that there is enough time set aside for a complete conversation. Expect your children to have trouble hearing your thoughts and be prepared for them to get emotional.