Recently devastated by the sudden death of her husband Richard, Gertrude waited before sharing her sorrow with us.
"It is so hard to believe. The wake is over, the Mass is done, and so is the burial. But the fact that my husband was only 55 years old and died in his sleep makes it hard to believe it really happened."
It has been awhile since Richard's death, but the immense grief continues. Luckily for Gertrude, the loving memories with Richard will sustain her forever.
Gertrude wanted to share her story with as many people as would listen so that they may be spared further anguish and stress when dealing with the death of a loved one.
You see, Richard died without a will. "It's been a lot of paperwork with the courts" explains Gertrude.
Dying without a will causes a state's law of "descent and distribution" to come into play which amounts to a state-written will. They make no exceptions; they are impersonal and may deplete the estate with fees and expenses that a will may have eliminated.
Many people think that because they may not have great wealth, they do not need a will. Without a will, the state allows a court to decide who should be your administrator and/or who should be the guardian of minor children. It cannot make bequests to other family members, friends or charitable interests. If you die without a spouse further complications arise.
Despite her grief, Gertrude was able to see through the pain and consider what Richard would have wanted to do had he made out a will.
"My husband was a benefactor of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, and I am sure it would please him to know that I have sent a donation in his memory and to further assist the work of the Priests and Brothers.”
Gertrude has also informed us that she has made out her will and has remembered the Priests of the Sacred Heart.
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