When the Unthinkable Happens

Posted by Diane H. Blackwelder, CFP® on 26 March 2009 | 0 Comments

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As a mother, I spend a considerable amount of my time and energy ensuring the well-being of my boys. Protecting them seems instinctual.  The thought of something bad happening to them is unbearable.  As parents, we often fail to acknowledge an equally terrifying thought, something may happen to us before our kids are old enough to take care of themselves.


The recent sudden death of actress Natasha Richardson served as a reminder that the unthinkable happens.  As parents, our time is spread so thin, we often fail to take care of ourselves. We make sure our kids are up-to-date on their “well” visits, but we can’t remember the last time we had a physical. We keep putting off making an appointment with a lawyer to prepare a living will, or even a simple will.


As parents, an essential part of protecting our children, is preparing for the unthinkable.  Consider it a gift to your kids, make sure you have considered guardianship, have insurance in place, and take care of yourself.  We can’t prevent the unthinkable – we can prepare for it.

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