Who gets the kids on St. Patrick’s Day / Thanksgiving / Christmas? What time should visitation end on Sundays when school is in session? Who gets to make the decision about choosing a pediatrician, enrolment in extracurricular activities, and engaging in religious practices?
“All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.” Ecclesiastes 3:20
Ash Wednesday is a good reminder of our mortality, a part of life Americans tend to put off considering for a long time.
As an estate planning / probate attorney, I’ve experienced the same thing with my clients. Often when someone comes to me for a comprehensive estate plan, they have to face some tough questions about their own death and what will happen to them on their deathbed, and what will happen to all the things they can’t take into the afterlife. Sometimes this brings about unpleasant memories of loved ones who have passed already, and sometimes fears about death itself.
But remembering our mortality is important, because Continue reading