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  • Writer's pictureChris Bentley

COVID-19 is a Harsh Reminder that Most of Us Are Unprepared to Die

Updated: Apr 26, 2020

The Legacy Planning & Conversation Guide: A Workbook for End-of-Life Planning will help put your affairs in order before it’s too late.


Who expected COVID-19 to descend upon us this year? How many were prepared for the unexpected loss of a spouse? Surviving spouses would tell you they knew it would happen someday, but few had planned for it to happen when it did. It’s too late to plan once they’re gone; if this is so obvious, why aren’t we more diligent about planning before we die?

It turns out we’re just not very good at planning for the unexpected. Only 60% of Americans have life insurance, and about half of these policyholders are underinsured. Only 42% of U.S. adults have a will, and that number has been decreasing annually since 2017. Is it surprising that so few are prepared for the day they die?

COVID-19 has been a harsh reminder how quickly chaos can strike. The largest pandemic in our lives has left many alone to rebuild their lives after an unexpected and devastating loss; an already difficult situation made far more difficult without end-of-life planning.

The Legacy Planning & Conversation Guide: A Workbook for End-of-Life Planning by Chris Bentley could change that for those willing to do the work. “Dying is okay if you are prepared,” Bentley says. Yet, most never think about the basic things to do, the basic discussions to have, or the basic things to know before losing a spouse. Not preparing for your last day on earth guarantees the important people in your life – the ones you love and care about the most – will be left alone and in pain to pick up the pieces.

“Shouldn’t there be a commitment to our marriage partner for making things as easy as possible after we die?” asks Bentley. “Shouldn’t there be steps to take to safeguard our spouse and loved ones from additional confusion and despair after we’re gone?”

“Preparing for end-of-life is the greatest gift you can give your loved ones after you’re gone. It is a heroic act of selfless love,” says Bentley. And now there is brand new tool to help couples and singles prepare for the day they die, and the day after.

The Legacy Planning & Conversation Guide: A Workbook for End-of-Life Planning, now available on Amazon, is a thorough and compassionate framework which gently guides couples through the discussion they would prefer to never have - how to move forward in life after one of them passes away. This guide is even more important for single persons; the information provided in this book will help those entrusted to manage your affairs do so with clarity and confidence. For those left behind, this is a gift that is priceless.

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