31 Dec 2016
Author: Carol Bragg
Book-ended with the deaths of David Bowie and George Michael 2016 has proved a good year for florists and funeral directors if not for music lovers.
The question is, why have so many high profile personalities died this year? Perhaps it is merely that with the rise of television ownership in the 1960s more people became household names.
The popstar, the poet, the comic, the actor all became the celebrity in your living room even before the advent of reality television where anyone can have their 15 minutes of fame. But as the baby boomer generation die off, the reaction to their deaths is a reflection of the times we live in. We no longer feel three score and ten is a good innings. A death under the age of 80 is a life lost.
The baby boomers – those born between 1946 and 1964 – are the generation that broke the bounds of class distinction and had a higher standard of living than their parents before them. However with greater wealth comes greater responsibility. David Bowie left a will and written instructions of what he would like to have happen to his body after his death. Aware that his cancer was terminal, he made sure everything was in place to ease the pain for his family. He had cancer, he knew death was imminent, but we are all going to die, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but the chance of death is never less than 100% so why do only one third of Britons make a Will?
As the death of popstar Prince proved, to die without a will is to leave your legacy in question as your relatives battle for control of your estate.
Whether Prince, Pauper or Pop Star, you need a will to let your wishes be known. Get in touch today, make a Will, it won’t kill you.