Many things keep parents awake at night – the day to day “chatter” in your heads, thoughts of tomorrow, and perhaps the most disturbing thoughts of all – what will happen when you are no longer able to take care of your son or daughter who has a disability. The death of a parent can be an emotional and practical tragedy in the life of a person who has a disability.
Let’s face it; no one wants to have to think about their own death. It seems so far away and remote. It’s too easy to get wrapped up in today – who can plan for the future? Adding to that, the task of planning for sons and daughters who have a disability can be an especially complicated and daunting one.
What more can parents hope for than to know their child will be well looked after once they are gone. Often day to day life is hard enough and parents don’t allow themselves to think about the future – but a complete and thorough estate plan is an absolute must in order to protect their children.
Our job as parents is to prepare our children for life. Our job as parents of children who have a disability is also to prepare them for life after we are gone.