Wednesday, February 13, 2019
A Final Act of Love
I know someone who has been helping to take care of an elderly man, living near her, who has dementia. Despite the best efforts of those who care for him, it appears this man can no longer live on his own.
That leaves the fate of his blind dog and several cats living on his rural property up in the air.
This brought up a memory I had not thought about for many years. Years ago, an aunt died suddenly in an accident. My aunt, who lived alone, had not made provisions for her two cats in the event of her death.
A kindly neighbor took care of the cats in the immediate days after the accident that killed her (which happened out of town) but then, decisions had to be made concerning the cats. Ironically, my aunt had done volunteer work at an animal shelter local to her. And her grown children lived hundreds (in one case, thousands) of miles away. But she never realized she needed to spell out her wishes.
I've been blogging recently about how my spouse and I hadn't updated our will in many years. We are between pets, but we may not have made provisions for pets, either. We didn't the last time we updated our will, and we had a pet then.
Have you made provisions for your pets in case of your death? If you (heaven forbid!) died suddenly tomorrow, do you know who would care for the pet? Or, what happens if you are in an accident and are incapacitated? Or are diagnosed with a serious illness? If you have, do you have that information in your wallet?
Does that person know he or she will be asked to take that responsibility on?
There are a lot of things to think about.
For pet owners, one of them is a final act of love.