With Valentine’s Day this past week, most people’s focus was on hearts and flowers as they considered ways to show their love. It’s too bad that estate planning and life insurance — arguably the most appropriate gifts for a loved one when you really think about it — will not even remotely enter the mind of the vast majority of the people who need it most. By the way, if you’re reading this post that means you if you haven’t already taken care of them.
As previous readers know, last year my wife Sarah passed away after a long illness. She was only 32. We had been married for just under five years. There’s nothing quite like the loss of a spouse at a young age to make you step back and think. I’ve been doing a lot of journaling and reflecting over the past six months and here are some of the three most important things I’ve learned. I hope that by sharing my story I can help encourage you to think about these things and take action if needed.