The following is a guest post from Chris Sipola, a reader I met while we were stuck in Frankfurt after our plane back to San Francisco broke. We drowned our sorrows over free drinks at an airport hotel courtesy of United. At least we got a ~$800 travel voucher.
The purpose of this post is to help readers prepare for a parent’s death.
The preparation is very simple – Talk openly and often about all issues related to death in advance of the inevitable so the survivors have a game plan and time to grieve.
Open discussions about illness and death related items (medical decisions, wills, etc) seem unsavory and an invasion of privacy – trust that not having a game plan makes the situation much more unsavory. The survivors will find out more private items than they care to know.