How is Covid-19 Affecting Death Discussions?
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“A 2017 study in the journal Health Affairs found only one in three US adults have an advance directive, including a living will with end-of-life medical instructions, power of attorney naming a person responsible for last affairs, or both. Fewer have planned their actual funeral arrangements”.
While this was the state of death planning 2 years ago, because of COVID-19, these discussions around death are changing drastically. What used to be a taboo topic even among friends is now the subject on everyone’s minds, as the average death rates increase all over the world. More people are finally realizing that no one is entitled to live the next day, anything can happen, and what matters most is that we’re prepared for it no matter our age or background. I say age because even though COVID-19 was formerly known as the disease affecting only the older generations, according to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at University of Minnesota, “Half of the new COVID-19 cases detected in recent weeks have been in adults under 35”. These types of cases are only predicted to rise in the coming months. So it’s more important than ever for you to be prepared.
But why you ask?
"I’m a Gen Z-er/Millennial that has no real assets I can claim in my will so why do I need to create one?"
Well guess what? In a will, self worth no longer equates to just the money in your bank account or the change you’d get if you sold your car and your cat. Your digital presence can be more valuable than you’d think. If you were to die and no one would have access to your social media or digital accounts, you run the risk of (1) losing access to photos, videos and important memories, (2) leaving your accounts defenseless against hackers out to steal your identity and (3) incurring purchases from sites no one knew you had subscriptions for. This doesn’t have to happen though. There are plenty of things you can do TODAY that can prevent this worst case scenario. So if you haven’t already, check out our “Top 3 Steps on Your Digital Death To-Do List” article and start planning. If you're curious about what really happens to your digital data, check out our "What Happens to our Digital Data After we Die? " article.
It's about time we realize that no matter how young or old you are, you have people that love you and need you, that you’d want to have a way to remember you and preserve your memory and digital legacy. Don’t leave it up to fate. If you have any questions about this process or you’re ready to get started, reach out to GoodTrust using our contact form. We’re always here to help!
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