For about a year and a half, my dad had been taking care of an elderly fishing buddy of his. This gentleman had no family to be there with or for him. So, at first, my dad would just go over and visit with his friend and listen to his stories. Then, as the friend became more sick and couldn’t leave his home, Dad got a Power of Attorney so that he could pay the bills and deposit checks at the bank. As things got even worse, Dad would prepare meals and do the household chores. Eventually, Dad was taking care of everything for his friend. However, Dad was just a friend, who had no ability to make health decisions for this man that he held in so much respect.
The man didn’t want want to go to the hospital, because even though he had insurance such as MetLife, he was afraid of the bills he would accrue. He also hadn’t planned for what would happen after he was gone. He knew he was sick. Yet, without family, he felt there was no need for things such as burial insurance.
My heart is saddened that this man, whom my dad held in such high regard felt that no one would mourn him when he was gone. Therefore, he didn’t concern himself with burial insurance for seniors or even getting the proper care he deserved while he was alive.
However, I do find comfort knowing that he is no longer sick and frail. Instead, he will spend eternity casting and reeling in fish. I also know my dad will forever keep his knowledge, insight, and stories in his heart. So, keep on fishing, friend, and you may not have expected it, but you will always remain in our hearts.