… unless you’re going to die some day. I just completed a list of people (with phone numbers and email addresses) to be contacted when I die and sent it to my executors. They’re the two kind men who’ve agreed to execute my will, liquidate my belongings, pay taxes, distribute my wealth [sic] according to my will.
I’ve updated my Last Will, with a copy at my lawyer’s and another in the fridge at home (apparently a good common practice). I’ve left instructions for the body to go to the medical school for educational and research purposes, with the cremated leftovers to be interred at the monastery. The corneas of my eyes will be “harvested” for transplantation through the Eye Bank.
I mention all this because most people I’ve asked (statistics point to 60%) don’t have a will. Many reasons: I’m too young; my family will take care of things; I don’t own anything; I haven’t had time. Mainly, I think, because the topic of death and dying is just too unpleasant and so we avoid all mention of it. But when it comes to communicating funeral wishes and having a will in place, we’re actually doing others a favour. They’ll be busy enough coming to terms with your passing and won’t have to second-guess “what she/he would have wanted.”