Making waves after you die
Working within the Legacy department of a local hospice means I have been witness to a very specific type of experience. It usually happens when you mention the words “make a Will”. Whether you are speaking to fellow events fundraisers, nurses, or supporters, you have crossed a line. You have made them think about “that which must not be mentioned”. About their own mortality. And that life, whether they are here or not, will go on. “Don’t be so morbid” As a rule, unless forced into it, people avoid thoughts beyond their own existence at all costs. Comments like “don’t be so morbid” and “Wills are depressing” are part of my daily conversation. As I write I can imagine two groups of readers nodding in agreement. The first, those who subscribe to this idea that talking about Wills (especially in a hospice environment where death is an ever-present guest) is in poor taste. The second, legacy fundraisers, those who have a Will in place, or solicitors who know that making a Will can be one of the most positive and empowering acts.