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Life Lesson from B

July 5th, 2010 at 02:25 pm

Inspired to post this because of a current discussion on the forums and what is happening to my friend from work B.

B, who is in her late 60's, has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. (She is not a smoker if anyone is wondering. Whether she smoked in the past, I do not know.) They are using a combination of chemo & drugs not to "cure" her (that's not possible) but in the hopes of buying her another year or two with her husband of 40-plus years J. J has never had anything to do with the household finances. Never paid a bill, etc. He is now handling it, and it doing a great job. Thank goodness they had some "advance notice" so that she could teach him.

I understand that the hand off of financial duties is just about the least of their worries right now, but still, it is important. If you are the one in the household who handles the finances, if God forbid you dropped dead tomorrow, would your spouse or partner (or children or other family member if you are single) know what to do? If not, what do you need to do to teach them?