Why we feel compelled to care for our families when we have passed on...
Today I won’t be talking about the best strategies for your end of life planning. Neither will I be talking of the different vehicles to fund those plans. Today, I simply want to give you my idea of what compelled me to do the end of life planning I have, and what compels me to want to help others who feel the same way and have similar needs to those of mine.
The drive to protect our families is instinctual. When early man came from the forest to live together in groups, I believe it was for the protection of their women and children. They instinctively knew the irreplaceable value of families to the future survival of the human race. If in prehistoric society the men in a group are depleted, there would still be the possibility of regaining their strength and growing again, even if only 1 remained. But if most of the women and children were lost the tribe would have been extinct.
In those days, we knew where our real wealth lay. People came together to build villages and towns. Even to build walls around those towns. All to protect our greatest treasure. Our most valuable resource -our families, relatives and friends.
As civilization grew and prospered, our society became safer, and extinction became less of a worry, our values changed. In some ways, this change was positive. We now had time to learn better ways to survive and protect our families. We had time to learn and explore the universe of ideas and creativity. As we grew beyond the capability of barter and cooperation to handle transactions between us, more sophisticated monetary systems emerged.
Along with progress, greed for money and power grew to the point where we lost sight of our real treasure. Many of us, when we fell in love with our wives and husbands, and felt the indescribable feeling of unconditional love for our children, knew the overwhelming need to protect them and give them a better life than ours.
Personally speaking, even though the road was anything but smooth at times, it has been an exciting and rewarding journey to be the father of 3 unique and wonderful boys. I can’t imagine not doing what I can to leave them in a position to be able to celebrate our lives together, and strengthen the bonds between them and their families at my passing.
Therefore, I can’t stress enough how important it is for me to plan ahead and let my family grieve and remember me without stress and hassle during one of the saddest moments.
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President of Advanced Senior Advisors LLC and creator of My Parting Gift