By Byron Moore, posted August 27, 2018
Originally published in the News-Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, August 26, 2018.
In my line of work, I talk to a lot of dying people.
I guess we’re all dying. Some of us are just more aware of it.
I talk to women whose doctors found a lump, and they now know every square inch of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. I talk to men who had heart attacks way too early in life. I see the look in a couple’s eyes when they know one of them soon won’t be there.
I talk to lots of widows. A few widowers, but lots more widows. Those statistics are true. Most of the widows are older – beyond retirement age. Some are 50-ish. A few are young. Very young.
None of it seems fair. It makes you sad, angry, confused.
But it’s life, isn’t it?
When I’m having conversations with people about financial matters, they usually want to talk about “life” matters – getting out of debt, investing, saving for retirement, turning assets into income for retirement. All important stuff.