My name is Rick Myers. Back in 1991, my wife, at the age of 36, lost a short and devastating battle against cancer. I cannot begin to tell you how much I feel about that loss and, having two small sons, one only four years old, it was a challenging time.
When something like that happens, there is so much going on; I had to hold down a job, look after my sons, organise all sorts of things that I had never even thought about it.
Like many people, neither my wife nor I had even considered making a will. That was something to worry about when you are old.
Things like dying young never even entered our heads. That was something that happens to other people, something you read about in the local paper but never happens to you.
I am not suggesting that making a will would have made our lives any happier. Still, it would have been one thing less to worry about, as half the time you don’t know whether you are coming or going. Knowing that your affairs are in order and that that what you are doing would be what the deceased person wanted is so important.
Once everything was sorted, I made a will, and I know that when my time comes, everything will be in order. Making a will just make sense, it does not bring the day any closer, but it does give you peace of mind, and that is priceless.
Obviously, at Autism Together, we hope people consider leaving a legacy to charity, but my message is simple – make a will, it makes sense.