“I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.”
According to an Australian palliative care worker, overworking is one of the biggest regrets for those coming to the end of their life.
Rather than more contemporary repentances such as missing out on the opportunity to swim with dolphins or bungee jumping at the Grand Canyon, male patients in particular lamented the fact that so much of their life was taken up with their career.
Nowadays, to offset this, it has become increasingly popular to compile a bucket list, which allows folk to tick off everything they want to experience before they, well, kick the bucket.
Popular bucket list items tend to include:
• Traveling the world
• Witnessing the Northern Lights
• Walking the Great Wall of China
• Paying off a mortgage
• Visiting the Egyptian pyramids
Whilst experiencing as much as you can throughout your life is important, it’s also vital to include other items that may not fill you with quite as much adrenaline.
However, they items listed below will bring you peace of mind and ensure that your loved ones are provided for when the time comes.
Write a will
By composing a will, it lets you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death. Those who feel up to it can write their will themselves, but legal advice, even it’s from Citizens Advice, will ensure your will is understood the way you intended. Remember, though: your will should be formally witnessed and signed to make it valid legally.
Pre-plan your funeral
Planning your funeral in advance not only makes sense financially, but your loved ones will be spared the stress of organizing a service at such an emotional time. Purchasing pre-paid funeral plans, which can be done by clicking here, allows you to pay for tomorrow’s funeral at today’s prices. It also means you get the service you want, right down to your favourite music.
Admittedly, it’s impossible to prepare for all of life’s eventualities, but with a little forward planning you can get your finances in order and kick on with ticking off the other, arguably more exciting, items on your bucket list.