I know this is something none of us what to plan for, the loss of a loved one. It’s our worst fear! But putting a plan in place with this Final Wishes Estate Planner Printable can make things easier.
It’s a hard topic to bring up, but important. I recently had to help plan for my Dad’s funeral. He just wanted to make things easier for me when the time comes.
I created this planner, so I could keep track of all the plans we made together, that way I wouldn’t forget. I lost my Son when he was 24. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with, looking up all the insurance policies was the last thing I wanted to do.
Important Things Locations
Final Wishes Lined Paper
Letter To Family
Home Security Logins
Social Media Logins
Electronic Devices Logins
(All pages are 8 1/2 x 11″)
Take A Look Inside!
I hope this Final Wishes Estate Planner will help you put a plan in place for your loved ones. It sure is going to help with mine.
It’s something no one wants to talk about. I just finished making arrangements with our funeral home for my Dad. He wanted to make things easier for me. I thought I would put together a final wishes checklist, so you can talk it over with your family and learn what their final wishes are, it will make everything a little easier in the end.
You Never Know What Will Happen
My son passed away when he was 24. It was one of the worst things I’ve ever had to do in my life was to pick out things for my baby’s funeral. Dad was with me and watched me fall to the ground in the casket room. Because I didn’t want to put him in the ground, I didn’t want to buy a cheap outer container for the casket. No mother should ever have to purchase those things for their children.
Talking things over with your family is important. Decide who will care for your children if something should happen to you and put it in writing. Make a planner and keep it updated, with important information about your life. You never know when your health might get bad enough that you need some help paying your bills from your accounts. That’s why is super important to Keep passwords and logins for bank accounts written down as it can be a lifesaver for a family member down the road.
Here’s A Final Wishes Checklist:
Here is a list of things I thought of and talked about at the funeral home. Some I’d never even thought to ask about. Like how long did he want the funeral to last, where do you want to be buried? What about being cremated. That was a big fat…No! Big funeral for my Daddy, go big or go home he said. Lol!
Who will be the person in charge of your funeral?
Who can you count on to help out with things?
Did you make arrangements ahead of time?
What do you want your funeral to be like?
Do you want a funeral or just a day of celebration?
Will you have a church service as well?
Who will you call to do your hair?
Will you be buried in a casket or cremated?
What picture do you need for the funeral?
Who will put some pictures together, around 30-100?
What will you wear? What jewelry will you keep on?
Are you a veteran? Do you want a military funeral?
Are you a member of a church or organization, will you want them to perform?
What about pallbearers, you will need 6 to 8 names and contact information.
Who will take care of your pets after you are gone?
Where do you want to be buried? Or your ashes placed?
Do you have a living will?
You’ll need your Social Security number and Life Insurance Policies.
During our meeting with the director of the funeral home, we found out that Dad can get a plaque stone as a grave marker from the military because he’s a veteran. He wanted to have them come to the gravesite. I’m glad we had a chance to talk all this over and find out what his last wishes are, we were able to make arrangements with the funeral home.
Nothing is set in stone, we are free to change anything we like later on. But we did all the hard parts taken care of, so when the time comes, it won’t be so overwhelming. I hope you enjoyed this post about talking things over with your family about your Final Wishes Checklist. It sure helped me and my family. I hope it helps yours as well.
You Might Like My Final Wishes Estate Planner Printable!
I also created a Final Wishes Estate Planner that I printed and filled out with Dad. So much information that I had no idea about. Insurance policies, where all his important papers are located, passwords, and logins to websites for his financial stuff. I’m grateful for that planner. I’m going to print one out for me, to keep track of my important information.
Fall is a time of year where the family can get together and do fun activities together. It’s a time of harvest and things winding down before Winter. I have many fond memories of doing things in the Fall so I thought I would put together a fun Fall Bucket List Printable for you. Start creating some new memories this year!
5 Fall Bucket List Ideas
To get you started I thought of 5 fun things you can add to your Fall Bucket list. I even made a printable you can add to your planner. Sweet!
Visit a pumpkin patch! We have a local farm where you can pick up your pumpkin and have a nice home-cooked meal at the same time. We make a tradition to get our pumpkins here each year and invite our family to enjoy a nice meal together. It’s fun to watch the kids pick out a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.
Go to a park to see the Fall colors! One fun thing I like to do is take a drive out in a state park. We have several locations around where we live. One time I took a photography class in the Great Smoky Mountains and stayed in a cabin during the Fall Colors peak.
Camp out in a cabin! Camping in a cabin is really fun! Especially during the Fall, when the weather is perfect for a cozy sweater! And did I say that some of these cabins are AMAZING! Check out some of these in Nashville Indiana. So fun!
Roast marshmallows over a campfire! What would a night in the cabin be without roasting marshmallows over a campfire? Am I right?! One of my all-time favorite things to do when out camping.
Make a new pumpkin treat! Why not try a new pumpkin recipe? I found a few you might like to try and even a special treat for your beloved dog.
Are you ready to get started creating a vision boards with the kids? You might think this is a new idea, but I remember reading about this family that when they needed a new car, the dad found a toy car that looked like the car he wanted to buy.
He had each of the kids hold the car and think of how awesome it would be to take summer trips in the car, then after the whole family had a chance to dream of owning the car. He stuck the car up on a shelf.
Do you know what happened? The family won a car during a festival that Spring and it looked just like that toy car! They all took a family vacation together with the money they were saving for the car! Amazing!
That’s why l love vision boards! They are like a map to our dreams. Why not teach our kids how to make goals and realize that dreams do come true if you put them on paper?
Ready to get started creating a vision board with the kids? Before you do, it’s worth learning a few clever tips to help with its creation.
5 Tips For Creating Vision Boards With Kids
If you want your child to get the most out of their vision board, it’s important to follow a few simple steps. Here, we’ll look at 5 tips for creating vision boards with kids you’ll want to follow.
Decide whether to create one or more boards
Sometimes, it can help to create more than one vision board for kids. It really depends upon the age of your children and how much previous experience they have with creating vision boards.
If you’re only just starting to introduce the idea of vision boards into their life, starting with just one is the best idea. However, once your child becomes a little more experienced, it’s a good idea to introduce more vision boards into their life.
This is because you can create different vision boards for different areas of your child’s life. One could be used for daily chores, another could be used for seasonal or special occasions, and another board could be used for your child’s dreams.
Help your kids brainstorm ideas
At first, your child may struggle to come up with their own ideas for their vision board. So, they may need a little help brainstorming some ideas.
Sit down together and ask them what their dreams or goals are. Depending upon their age, you may need to give them a few examples to prompt them. Write each of their ideas down, and then once you have a good list put together, you can then work on putting the vision board together.
Make the board as specific as possible
If you want the board to actually work for your child, it’s a good idea to make it as specific as possible. Children don’t tend to have the same level of attention or focus as adults. So, if it’s too general and long-term, they are unlikely to follow it.
Make sure the goals are specific, and you only focus on one thing at a time.
Add bright, attention-grabbing images
We’ve already touched upon this briefly in previous blogs. However, the importance of adding bright, attention-grabbing images cannot be dismissed.
The brighter the images are, the more it’s going to attract your child. Kids love bright things and they tend to be more motivated by something if it grabs their attention.
Let them take the lead in terms of which images they want to include. This is the best way of ensuring the vision board is effective.
Place the board somewhere they can see it daily
Finally, once the vision board has been completed, you’re going to want to stick it somewhere your child can see it. This could be in their bedroom, on the refrigerator, or on the wall in the kitchen. Wherever they spend a lot of their time, place the vision board so they can see it.
You can also bring the vision board down and talk through your child’s progress. If you do this daily, it’s going to help keep them focused on the steps they need to take to reach their dreams and goals.
Overall, vision boards can be great for kids. They deliver so many unique benefits, as well as teaching them life-long vision board skills. If they master it in early childhood, they’ll be able to create effective vision boards when they grow up. The above are just some of the top tips you can follow to ensure you create the best vision board for your child.
One thing that you should always do with the family is to make memories that you can share. Doing family activities together bonds everyone because they share the same memory. It’s one of the very best things you can do with your kids. Here’s 5 make memories with family ideas that you can do together this month.
5 Family Activities to Do to Build Memories and Bond with Your Family
Looking for new and exciting activities you can do with the family? There are lots of ways you can enjoy quality family time together.
Whether you’re looking for indoor or outdoor activities, here you’ll discover 5 activities to do to build memories and bond with the family.
Take a day trip
A great way to build memories with the family is to take day trips together. You don’t need to travel far or spend a huge amount of money. You’ll find plenty of free activities available such as going to the park or a museum.
Exploring new places together is fun too. Just getting out of the house and doing something different can do the whole family a world of good. You may even find a favorite place you can return to time and time again. When your kids get older, they’ll look back fondly on the day trips you took together as a family.
Go camping for the weekend
Camping can be fun for the whole family. There’s plenty to do at the campground, and many campgrounds are close to places that you can visit together. Amusement parks always have a campground nearby.
Spend the day at the park, then finish the day off with roasting marshmallows by the fair. The kids will love it that the fun isn’t over after a day at the park. Spend the whole weekend and buy a weekend pass at the park to save money. This memory will last a lifetime. Make it special for the whole family.
A board game night
Why not get back to basics and enjoy a fun-packed board game night? There are so many board games out there that you’re sure to find some the whole family can enjoy.
This also gives you a break from technology. Playing board games can be surprisingly fun, and kids love them. The only thing to be aware of here is whether any of the family is overly competitive. If they are, board games may not turn out to be quite the enjoyable activity you had in mind!
Play video games
If there’s one thing kids enjoy, it’s video games. However, it isn’t often the parents join in too. Playing together as a family is a great way to bond together.
Your kids will love having you join them in one of their favorite activities. You’ll learn new skills and may even find you enjoy it more than you thought you would. If you include activities that you know the kids enjoy, it’s going to be easier to tempt them to spend more time with you.
You could even invest in family-based video games to play together. Family trivia games are especially great for helping you to bond and create everlasting memories.
Another super-fun idea is to organize a scavenger hunt. You can do this in your backyard if you have smaller children. Or, you could set one up in your local park.
You can pick up scavenger hunt kits online and then separate the family into two groups. You’ll have lots of fun trying to find the clues and eventually the hidden treasure. You might want to get a friend to set it up for you if you want the entire family to take part. Otherwise, you’re going to know where everything is if you were the one to hide the clues.
No matter what type of family activities you’re hoping to partake in, there’s sure to be an idea above to match your preferences. All of the activities mentioned are a great way to spend time together and bond with the family.
I know we are all super busy each day, but if we get up a little bit earlier each morning and start the day using one or all of these six daily morning rituals, your day will be filled with joy and happiness. It works for me.
Do you often find yourself in a funk? Or are you just looking for a few easy ways to boost your joy and happiness? Below are six daily rituals which can help change your mood for the better when you incorporate them into your daily life.
6 Daily Morning Rituals To Start Your Day With Joy And Happiness
The benefits of meditation are simply endless. No matter how you are able to incorporate it in your life, whether its once a day for only a few minutes, or twice a day for an hour, meditation is sure to change your outlook on life. Not only that, but according to Healthline, meditation can help you to be physically healthier as well, as it lowers stress, blood pressure, and your chances of a heart attack. So do your best to incorporate this specific ritual into your day as frequently as possible.
It’s no secret that when you feel better physically, that your mentality will follow. This is why you should try your best to work some form of exercise into your daily life. It doesn’t always have to be strenuous, as even some chores like vacuuming can get your heart racing enough to count as exercise. If you aren’t sure what to do, you can run, bike, go to the gym, or even walk around the block after dinner. Just try to get at least thirty minutes of time each day where your heart rate is elevated.
Often times when you feel negative feelings, it’s because you have forgotten to practice gratefulness. After all, how many times have you sat back on your heels and simply looked at all the things you have? Probably not nearly enough.
The best way to work gratitude into your daily ritual is by journaling each day about the things you are thankful for. Or if writing isn’t your strong point, you could also just make a list. Chances are you’ll be truly surprised by all the amazing things and people you have in your life.
Many people overload themselves on their pursuit of happiness. And this is unfortunate because life is about the journey and not always just where you are headed. This is why it is important that you take breaks to enjoy yourself.
And you should do this on a daily basis, maybe even multiple times per day. Whatever you are doing, just take a moment to sit and relax, or maybe even use the time to engage in a hobby that you enjoy doing. You’ll find you’re much happier when you aren’t always on the go and forgetting to take care of yourself.
Spend More Time With People
In this day and age, it’s not unlikely that you spend most of your day in front of a screen regardless of your profession. But this has led people to forget what truly matters in life, and that’s the amazing people in their lives.
Instead of spending all evening on your phone or watching TV, resolve to put down the device and spend quality time with those you love. If technology is too tempting for you, consider taking a walk with your significant other and leaving the device behind.
Praying, Reading The Bible
If you’re a Christian, then reading the Bible and Praying should already be a daily thing for you. Over the past year I started doing just that, reading the Bible wasn’t something I’ve ever done in the past, just when I went to church.
This past year I started a list of people to pray for and I pray for them, I pray for help through the day, projects that I’m working on in my business. That’s what started me on a whole new carrier path, one with God in my life.
I have to tell you it was the very best thing I’ve ever done. Many of my prayers were answered. I’ve read half of the Bible so far. My business is doing fantastic, I’m feeling blessed that I tried again only this time with God.
What Is A Simple Morning Ritual?
It’s just setting aside a special time in the morning for yourself. A time to reflect and be grateful for the things you have, the air you are breathing, the water that is freely given to us, the sun that shines down on us. Start a journal and write down these glorious things and be thankful for them.
Overall, if you’re looking for some easy ways to incorporate more joy and happiness into your life, you should definitely start with the items on this list. But don’t forget that happiness is a choice, and that no one else is responsible for your happiness. So, in order to boost yours, it’s time to take control of your life and start doing the things which make you happy today.
I hope these 6 daily morning rituals has given you some ideas on how you can start your day filled with joy and happiness.