Starting a conversation about estate planning and wills can be a difficult task, especially during the holidays. You probably want to spend this time engaged in family traditions or making new happy memories, rather than thinking about mortality and dividing your estate.
However, the holiday season, when all your loved ones are together, can be a good time to discuss important matters like creating a will.
Broaching the topic
Having these discussions during this time of year can have advantages, but it may be a good idea to set aside a specific time to start this conversation, rather than inserting the topic randomly during holiday festivities. This decreases distractions and ensures everyone is ready to listen. Make sure you are also prepared to lead the conversation and listen when necessary.
Focusing on the positive
It may be easy to see the creation of a will from a negative perspective, but instead, try to focus on the benefits of this document. A detailed will means loved ones will have clarity and direction in how to settle your affairs. This allows them to focus on grieving and healing after their loss. You may wonder if the topic will put a damper on the rest of your family’s holiday activities, but staying positive will go a long way in keeping the mood light. If there are negative emotions, acknowledge them but do not dwell on them.
Talking about end-of-life preparations can be stressful for everyone involved, but it is essential that these discussions occur.