My mom is 87 and has been working on this for several years. She’s also been periodically updating me about where certain vital documents are; adding me to her checking account and safe deposit box so that I can access those easily when the time comes. She’s showed me where the deed is to her burial plot and some examples of funeral services that she has appreciated. It’s not an easy conversation to have, and I still appreciate that she is trying to make it as smooth as possible for me.

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