No one wants to face the fact that our loved ones will not be with us forever. Facing our own mortality is frightening as well. Although none of us wants to contemplate a time when we or a loved one might become disabled or die, it is important to be prepared. There are many steps families can take in advance of death or disability to avoid future conflicts or uncertainties.
It is important to communicate your wishes and try to stay positive despite a health care crisis.
The late singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, was known for his laid-back style and positive attitude, even in the face of adversity. Even when being diagnosed with cancer Buffett stayed positive and continued working until his recent passing. His positive attitude is best captured in his song “Breathe in, Breathe out, Move on.” Buffet notes: “ If a hurricane doesn’t leave you dead, it will make you strong. Don’t try to explain it, just bow your head. Breathe in, Breathe out, move on.” When it comes to staying positive in the face of adversity, few artists embody the spirit quite like the legend. Known for his laid-back island tunes and carefree lifestyle, Buffett has inspired millions to embrace a sunny outlook on life, even during challenging times. Valuable lessons we can learn from his music and persona, particularly his ability to maintain positivity when faced with illness or setbacks.
One of the most remarkable aspects of Jimmy Buffett’s music is its ability to uplift and heal. His songs often carry messages of hope, resilience, and the power of a positive mindset. When we’re sick, music can serve as a powerful tool to evaluate our spirits and distract us from pain. Whether it’s listening to Buffett’s cheerful melodies or creating our own playlist of uplifting tunes, music has a unique ability to transport us beyond our physical limitations and reminds us of the joy that exists beyond illness.
In his music, Jimmy Buffett often highlights the importance of finding silver linings, even in the darkest of times. When faced with sickness, it can be easy to succumb to negativity and frustration. However, adopting Buffett’s mindset of seeking out the positives can help us maintain a sense of optimism. Perhaps illness provides an opportunity for self-reflection, rest, or even a chance to explore new interests. By shifting our perspective and focusing on the silver linings, we can turn sickness into an opportunity for personal growth and resilience.
Like a hurricane, an unexpected illness can wreak havoc in your life. Everything can change in a moment. Don’t be afraid to start the conversation. Whether you are a parent talking to your children, a husband talking to a wife, or an adult child talking to an aging parent, bringing up the topic of death and disability can be difficult, but it is important to make sure you or your loved ones have done estate planning. Plan for the worst. You and your loved ones need to be prepared in the event that one of you become disabled and will no longer be able to make your own decisions. The durable power of attorney is an important instrument. You will also need a health care representative ( sometimes called a health care power of attorney), which gives someone else the medical authority to communicate your wishes about medical treatment. Make sure and your loved ones draw up a list to help your executors carry out your estate plans. The list should contain information on the location of assets, such as bank accounts, property and stocks and bonds.
Preparation and planning in advance can avoid family squabbles after you or your loved ones die.