Now that everyone has had time to see the movie, Best Man Holiday, and the risk of spoiling the plot for almost everyone has passed, we wanted to take the time to highlight one of the many life lessons from the movie...planning for your death makes things easier for your friends and family.
In the movie, Mia (played by Monica Calhoun), invites the entire gang to her home for Christmas. While everyone initially believes it is just a wonderful chance to get together, they soon realize that the gathering has a deeper purpose. Mia is losing her battle against cancer. She wants to spend time with everyone and help them repair their damaged relationships. While the movie is undoubtably sad, the beauty of the situation is that Mia was able to spend her last days with the ones she loved.
Mia's ability to deal with the realities of life, even when her husband Lance (played by Morris Chestnut) could not, allowed Mia to be able to plan for her last days and the days that followed. It appears that Mia had her funeral all planned out, including her request that Harper (played by Taye Diggs) do her eulogy.
Often times movies are unrealistic, but this scenario is not. You can be like Mia. Everyone has the opportunity to plan for their demise and ease the burden on their grieving family and friends. The best way to do this is to (1) make sure you have your estate planning documents prepared by a qualified professional and (2) ensure the documents are located in a central place that at least one person is aware of. You are never too young and never to healthy to plan for death. Do not wait until it's too late. Remember, estate planning is not just for you. It helps your loved ones understand your wishes and it lets you speak when you are no longer here.
If you would like to discuss your estate planning needs contact Simmons Rogers, LLC. We are here to help.
Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels!
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