Mattson Financial Services - December 2018

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December 2018

GIVE THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

With the holiday season upon us, it’s a great time to reflect on our blessings. This year, our family was blessed with the birth of a granddaughter. She’s been a bright spot in our 2018 memories. That said, we have had other blessings that are harder to comprehend. With new life means new loss, including the losses of close family members —which reminds me of that general feeling that getting older brings. Yet, we count the blessings we had with those who are no longer with us, and we reflect on the good times of years past. We also recognize that for some, 2018 was a struggle. While we forged new relationships as we brought on new clients, we also lost some clients who were very dear to us. It doesn’t matter if you are 18 or 80, when you lose someone you’re close to, or when the relationship ends, it changes you. No matter what we may tell ourselves, there really is no way to fully prepare for the loss of a spouse, a child, a parent, or a friend. It’s something we all have to go through because it’s a part of life. When you’re going through something like this, as many people do each and every day, it’s not the time to make hard decisions. To avoid this, I encourage you to give the gift that will keep on giving. What do I mean by this?Well, it’s twofold. First and foremost, make sure your family members are fully aware of your health care wishes. Put your wishes down on paper, and

make sure that paper is accessible should you be unable to communicate those wishes later on.

things she remembers about us as children. They’re the memories that define us through her eyes and what makes our individual relationships with her unique. As you reflect this holiday season and count your blessings, set some time aside to write down your thoughts about your family members. Put that relationship into writing, and keep it somewhere safe so one day your family will have the gift that keeps on giving. Frommy family to yours, Happy Holidays! May you and your family enjoy all the blessings this season has to offer. Thank you for allowing us to be your advisors and to be a part of your family. –Gary Mattson

This allows your family, as well as us, your advisors, to follow your wishes. Everyone should document explicit instructions on how to proceed. This way, there’s no confusion, and it alleviates stress on everyone involved. Secondly, andmore importantly, I want to address a gift that truly keeps on giving: the letter. My mom, who is 94 years old, recently updated her letters. These are documents she first drafted about 15 years ago— letters to her children that are not to be opened until after her passing. In each letter, she wrote down special thoughts on what she remembers most about her children. There are humorous moments, the strengths she sees in each of us, and simply

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