I recently suggested that the two best ways to love your family and save a ton of money are to keep yourself fit and work on your marriage.
There are a couple other simple ways you can show love to your family, especially in a time of grief: Have your will, medical directives and financial records in order and ensure you have money or insurance for your funeral and burial.
As Pastor D.L. Foster asked:
If you were to die today, would your family, loved ones go into debt attempting to funeralize and bury you? Would they have to get on TV and beg strangers for money? Would they have to delay grieving because they have no money to handle the business of your death? If yes, why haven’t you gotten an insurance plan so that they can grieve without the extra heavy burden of money issues?
It doesn’t take that much to get organized. If you won’t be leaving enough cash for a funeral, then get some insurance. You can get a simple will done online. Same thing for power of attorney forms and medical directives. Make a list of your accounts, insurance policies, etc. then put it with any notes you want for your loved ones. Then put a reminder on your calendar to update it once a year. Don’t hold to silly superstitions. Your are going to die whether or not you prepare.
Will you be there to get kudos from your family for helping them out? No, but getting credit isn’t what love is about. With just a few hours time you will have made the life of your loved ones much, much easier.
Oh, and be sure to repent and believe in Jesus if you haven’t already. He is the only way to salvation, and eternity is a mighty long time.