Things to remember to tell your nearest and dearest

(stella wood) #1

This subject is very pertinent to my family situation at the moment… and I am sure that it might just jog the memories of some on this forum…

I’ll kick this off…

Where is the Will/Testament?
Where are the Life Insurance Policies?

(Peter Goble) #2

Is there a trusted friend or family member of the deceased who might be willing, given a list of other friends who might wish to know of the death, to let those individuals know in simple but sympathetic terms, by proxy? If necessary such a message might mention any funeral plans, or inform them that the funeral has already occured etc

Such a friend might also indicate whether or when the bereaved would be ready and grateful for tributues to be paid or commiserative visits arranged etc. Not an easy topic to handle, but it can be very supportive in some circumstances e.g if the bereaved partner lives alone and feels overwhelmed by grief, and unable to undertake this sad undertaking herself.

(stella wood) #3

Just come up with another beauty… what is the combination of the safe… ??

Tears or laughter… not sure which at this point… :roll_eyes::thinking:

Daughter is on the phone and I’m Googling for ideas … :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

(Peter Goble) #4

Knowledge of that, bank card PINs, and laptop and mobile passwords might well go designedly to the grave! :no_entry::no_entry_sign::warning:️:no_mobile_phones::zipper_mouth_face::joy:

(stella wood) #5

I reckon the “emergency keys” are in the safe… :roll_eyes::stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

(Mandy Davies) #6

My Dad was organised his whole life and when he was diagnosed with cancer he made a list of all his assets including the ones that might be overlooked.

So, bank accounts, ISAs, insurance policies, pensions to be inherited by spouse, premium bonds etc. He also made sure his filing cabinet was properly organised and even had a file with his driving licence, passport, Will etc.

We also found little notes in each file telling us which paperwork was important after his death. No one knew he had done this and it broke my heart to think of him doing this all alone. I wondered what he must have been thinking while he was doing this.

It helped us enormously with sorting everything out after he died. It made a terrible time just a little easier.

(stella wood) #7

He sounds a wonderful man, Mandy… :hugs::hugs:

Brother had 3 years to get his act together… I’ll give him what-for when we meet again… :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye::stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

(Mandy Davies) #8

He was Stella, he really was. I still miss him so much. :cry:

(stella wood) #9

When I read my dad’s letter/papers whatever… I can still hear his voice… it is as if he is standing beside me…

Your Dad is still with you in so many ways… I am sure… :hugs:

(Jane Jones) #10

My mother was too organised. She basically went through everything and threw out anything she felt was not important. So we lost all records of my fathers’ parents including where their graves are in South Africa, everything that relates to her life before she arrived in England during the war, all sorts of things that we would have loved to have. Luckily she valued photos so she didn’t trash them.

So yes, do prepare an information pack with the ‘important’ stuff in it - bit don’t forget to make sure that the other types of important stuff aren’t somewhere that could be overlooked.

Age concern and other organisations like that have useful checklists.

(Helen Wright) #11

Is there no way of tracing the burial records via Jane…???

(Jane Jones) #12

Maybe…no idea what that covers.

All we know is that she had a piece of paper saying when the lease on the graves was going to run out, but we think she just threw it away rather than replied or extended the lease. So we don’t even know which graveyard, and the family name is a very common one. One of my BILs is into genealogy so I will ask him whether he’s signed up to

(Anne Marie Huet ) #13

I am currently working on with my siblings, my brother has had his DNA test done and it it brilliant.

75% Birmingham roots
21% northern Irish roots
These did not surprise us in the least
Born to a Birmingham father.
Mother born in Northern Ireland, she came to England when 3 months old
Wait for it :blush::blush::blush::blush::blush:
4% Scandinavian lol lol bloody Vikings :blush::blush::blush::blush: ravishing in Ireland
Interesting though, he actually lives in Stockholm for the last 30 years or more, he went back to his roots unknowingly haha
Unfortunately due to taking chemo I cannot have the test done, trying to persuade the sisters lol lol
We are looking up the family history on both sides and get great results very interesting too,!
So very real and intersting things come up

Stella , it’s good to have everything prepared for the people left behind, I believe as you wills and insurance are very important… combinations for the safe would be handy lollol.

I am sorry if you have lost your brother? Or have I misunderstood. Oh dear !!

(stella wood) #14

It’s OK… Anne… brother was so very ill at the end, that we had almost run out of tears … and he has left so much chaos…we just have to laugh …

My daughter has had to destroy his wardrobe to get at his (very safe) safe… … hammer and chisel to the “works” … gave up in disgust…then found the “key” in the utensil drawer in his kitchen :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye::thinking:

I would love to do the DNA test… perhaps one day…

PS: nothing exciting in the safe… nothing of any import, which makes us wonder if he had a second one put in… :thinking:

(Jane Jones) #15

@Ann Interesting article about using DNA testing this morning

(Pete Paterson) #16

After all the formalities are over involving documents, passwords, keys etc. as listed above, what will be missing are the memories – much more important in the long run. Ensure your Nearest and Dearest write the names etc. on the back of the old photos and, if possible, write down (or dictate) any “memoirs” of their life and work when they were young, their family long gone, where to find any relevant material, which items are heirlooms etc.

(stella wood) #17

I did get my Dad started on that… but he only marked a few photos… the fun over the last 20 years, has been deciding who everyone is… :wink:

Thankfully, he was often asked to speak, in public, about his wartime experiences and I have all his drafts… plus, in another situation, he did do a lovely talk based on his early life on the family farm…

I keep promising myself to get it all typed-up… and maybe I will, this winter… :thinking: