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Getting Ready for the Biggest Change 

Getting Ready for the Biggest Change 

Life events cause you to think of things—even the inevitable—in different ways. Intellectually, we all know that death will become part of our lives sooner, but hopefully later. Emotionally, most humans follow Scarlett O’Hara’s philosophy, “I’ll think about this tomorrow.” Then without warning, tomorrow arrives.

Working with my brother and his wife, my husband and daughter, as well as an exceptionally insightful team of attorneys, I’ve project managed clearing out of two households, sales of personal property, homes, changes in insurance policies, settling in with new physicians, two hospital admissions, and other new experiences too numerous to mention. The common thread in all these events was the reactions of the outsiders who became part of our activities. When I’d explain what we, as a family, had decided or easily produced the proper documentation, the universal reaction was “You talked about this? You all agree on your plan of action? Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a family that actually worked through all these issues together.”

How could they not? I wondered.

After experiencing this reaction multiple times and hearing what seemed to be endless tales of families involved in conflict, disarray, and epic dramas, I realized either ignorance or denial was to blame. Action can offset both. What knowledge, I wondered, was necessary? Upon reflection (idle time in a hospital waiting room gives you plenty of thinking time) I’ve come up with a list of five things you and your loved ones need to tackle.

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Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP

Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP

Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP, 2014 Cavett Award Recipient, is currently NED (no evidence of disease spoken in “cancer”) and lives on a month-to-month hiatus from chemo. Since her speaking calendar has slowed down, she’s been teaching writing via webinar. 
Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP
Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP
Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP
Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP

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