Crow’s Feet Writing Prompt #59 — Final Arrangements

The Last Act

Getting my house in order

Ann Litts
Crow’s Feet
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3 min readJun 5, 2024


I have had a will since my first daughter was born, 43 years ago. Having lost my mother when I was 12, I knew that Death didn’t just happen to other people. I wanted to make sure my daughter (and eventually, her sister) would have Humans in their world to help them manage their grief as well as care for their physical needs.

Because, you see, my children are my most precious asset and I wasn’t leaving their destiny up to the whims of my family of origin. I learned after my mother died that those Humans just couldn’t be counted on to support lost and lonely children.

So, yes, I’ve thought quite a bit about what life would be like for the Humans I leave behind when I die. I’ve never kidded myself into believing that my death wouldn’t arrive. Azrael comes for all of us. Every. Single. One. Not thinking about it will happen doesn’t make it so.

I will die. So will you. The question is this — what kind of mess are we going to leave behind for those who love us?

My younger daughter has extensive experience as a caregiver. She was her father’s main caregiver for the last 10 years. She learned a lot of lessons the hard way. After her dad’s memorial service, I promised her that…