Resonate has a special place in our practice for widows.
I have been amazed at the resilience I see many widows demonstrate as they create a new vision for their life going forward.
Yet we also know that being widowed can be a very scary, sad and difficult space.
Just as we create “Diminished Capacity Directives” as guidelines to use during the aging process while everyone is as healthy and clear-headed as possible, I think it makes sense to also have the “What If I Am Widowed” plan in place on a pre-need basis.
Why is this important? Because 700,000-800,000 women lose their husbands each year and will be widowed for an average of 14 years.
(Source: “Advice for Widows” Charest Company LLP)
It is important to know the answers to these questions before something happens:
- “Will my money last as long as I do?”
- “Can I stay where I am living?”
- “Do I have enough money to continue to travel and see my children and grandchildren?”
- “We always said that we would take care of one another; what happens now?”
If you are not yet widowed, answering these and other questions in advance provides the priceless gift called peace of mind.
If you have been widowed for a while and are ready to take the next steps in “Planning for One,” we have a sensitive, gentle process created just for you.
We are ready when you are.
Barbara A. Culver
CFP®, ChFC®, CLU, AEP®