This week, Rayna Neises, your host, speaks with Rick Craig. Rick is an experienced caregiver, author, and ordained pastor. He felt led to share his personal and professional experiences to help others navigate the journey of planning for end-of-life. In his book, When It’s Time, Rick walks through 13 end-of-life realities that surviving family members will encounter.

He helps others see that a well-thought-out plan can be one of the best gifts. Rick shares the following insights:

  • (5:00) End-of-life planning is a subject very few people know anything about, and they don’t even know where to start.
  • (5:57) Pre-need is planning ahead of time and At-need means that death has occurred, so the approach to the conversation is different based on the timing.
  • (7:00) When a plan is provided ahead of time, the family has a map in their hands and when there isn’t one, the family is left saying, “What do I do now?”
  • (7:35) End-of-life planning is for any age.
  • (9:00) Plans have to be maintained and updated regularly. 
  • (12:00) It is especially important to plan when you start having a family and start accumulating assets. 
  • (15:41) Just take a little piece and start there.
  • (16:38) Connect with Rick at his website, whenitstime.org and find his book on Amazon or Barns and Noble.