How to write a goodbye letter to your family for when you die

How to write a goodbye letter before you Die.

6 subjects that need to be included in your goodbye letter to your family.

More and more people are creating a goodbye letter for their families in the event of their death, this is a way in which people can say goodbye to their loved ones with an expression of love and gratitude.

A personal loving goodbye letter is not the only purpose of a document of this kind. It will also give you an opportunity to pass on important and vital information, such things as your bank account details and password, the location of important documents or personal belongings.

This letter is not a will or a legal document and the purpose is not to allocate your assets, but rather a way in which your family and loved ones can find the information they may need after your passing.

1. What burial arrangements you have arranged

Funeral arrangements

• Payments made and what is still owed

• Receipts of payments and agreements

• Cemetery plot allocation/cremation

2. Who to contact

• A list of people that you would like your family to contact as well as where you kept your address book. If it's kept on your computer make sure you include your access passwords if you have one.

3. Your Family history

• Photographs, your family history tree and details of your families medical history.

4. The location of your personal documents

• Driving licence

• Birth certificate

• Marriage certificates

• Passport

• Mortgage and loan details

• Pensions

• Insurance policies

• Stocks and savings

• Car logbooks and insurance details

• Your Will or the contact details of the solicitor who is looking after it for you.

5. Security and keys

• Assets, deposit boxes, access to a personal safe

6. Computer access

• Photographs and videos

• Online banking details and passcodes

• Email accounts and passwords

• Social media accounts

Once this letter has been written you need to make sure that people can find it, you may want to keep it on your computer with the caption “Open upon my passing” you could even record a video saying your goodbyes.

You may want to keep a paper copy of the letter for your family to read. Make sure you put your name on it and label it to be opened when you die. Keep this letter where it can be found such as your home desk or bedside cabinet.

Remember to tell your family that you have written it so they know they need to find it and that they should only read it when you have gone.

Writing a letter to your family after your death can be quite an emotional task in saying goodbye and letting them know how you feel and that you care. It also makes things less stressful for those you leave behind

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