#71 Dying Ain't Cheap: The Emotional & Financial Costs of End of Life Care

IS ANYONE THERE???  I ask because no one wants to talk about dying or end of life costs. Seriously, when do you bring it up?  At a family dinner??  Maybe on your Saturday date night???  Most likely you only think about it when you see the devastating effects it has on someone you know.

The Emotional and Financial Costs of End of Life Care

I've learned a lot about the devastating costs of end of life care lately. Over the last year, there's been a lot of death in my family. Last year my sister, Barbara, passed away at age 51 and my aunt Nicola passed, too. Now, at age 96, my grandmother is tiring out and is in hospice.

When someone you love is dying, it takes a toll on everyone close to them. If you're not careful the emotional and financial toll can be devastating.

In this episode,

We'll discuss:

  • How to manage the emotional cost of end of life.
  • The role of family in end of life.
  • The average cost of end of life care.
  • The uncertainty of the end of life process.
  • Ways to plan for end of life costs.
  • The importance of good estate planning documents.
  • How to write a family love letter.


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  • How to decide when to start diversifying your assets outside your business.
  • The difference between wealth creation and wealth preservation and growth.
  • The importance of not getting "addicted to the deal."
  • How to separate your business and personal finances.
  • The importance of "don't go broke" money.

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