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Public Trust | Getting prepared for illness and the unexpected

March 4, 2020


My wife does all of that stuff, she looks after everything. I’m just behind her making sure it happens, but she has the last say. We went through the struggles a few years ago. She got sick, had cancer. We had a whole year in hospital. Me and the kids at home – me and the 5 kids. I had to be a Dad. I had to know what it was like to be both Mum and Dad… because Mum wasn’t there. I have to go home and really think about that and move forward; man up. Love my kids, and do what I have to do to make them happy, keep them fed, clothed, warm and keep their education going. I haven’t really talked about that stuff with my family, my Mum and Dad have never told me about writing a will. But since I’ve been with my wife, she has mentioned that stuff to me, “We need to make a will.” Before we decided where to get buried, I actually said we’d both get cremated, save our family some money, so they don’t have to visit anyone they just go and visit us at home. Yeah I’ve always had the thoughts of going back to the islands and getting buried there but that’s not going to work for my family. I’d rather get buried here where they can come and visit me. It just seems a bit sad. I don’t really want to talk to my kids about ‘when we’re gone.’ So I taught my kids ‘we need to hold on to our loved ones, really tight.’ It’s all I ever say to my wife, is “I love you.” I love my kids, I love my family. We would be very devastated if anything ever happened to them.

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