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July 1, 2008

because bad things happen…

Filed under: philosophical — Tags: , — plonkee @ 12:00 pm

Bad things happen to good people.

I had a phone call on the weekend to say that my cousin – who had been working abroad, in Europe – was found dead in his apartment on Friday. Which is not that much fun, he was only 25. We weren’t close at all, but on the other hand, he and his brother were the only cousins that we ever really spent time with. At the moment, the police have ruled out murder (!) but his death is still being investigated.

I’m not sure what the arrangements are likely to be for the funeral, I suspect that there isn’t any insurance to pay for repatriation so he could be buried overseas. In any case there may well be a memorial service, which I would like to go to.

Fortunately for me, I keep back spare days off just for such an occurrence. It might sound morbid, but I actually like to be prepared for unexpected funerals – I know quite a few old people, including my own grandparents. So, I make sure that there’s always a bit of time that I can take off, and I have an appropriate outfit. It might seem a little flippant, but in the event of a real crisis, it’s just one less thing to worry about.

Let’s face it, bad things happen. Sometimes really bad things happen. Being able to not worry about money when there are more important things going on, is the gift that good, sensible personal finance gives.

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