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Who doesn't love cake!?
I see all manner of death related articles etc., but a website has recently caught my eye and I think it is worth doing a review of here.
What is Cake? It is a social site dedicated to getting you ready for the unexpected. Its totally free to set up your account and share with the person or people you want to know your wishes.
You create an account and answer some questions they call 'Cake Cards' and it walks you through things you probably never gave any thought to as well as plenty you probably have considered but didn't want to really think about.
Cake walks you through things like, would you want a tree planted in your memory and what would you like done with your body after you die. It also covers things like whether you want your browser history erased and what to do with your social media accounts.
Under all the questions you have the option to create a note to clarify what you mean. For instance, yes I want a tree planted in my name, and in the note say the kind of tree.
I have filled out my own Cake account and given the password to my husband. Cake recommends creating a medical proxy and I have not done that, mostly because it requires 2 witnesses and who thinks about getting witnesses for a medical proxy when you are healthy? In the state of Virginia, where I live, my spouse is the default person to make decisions on my behalf if I am unable. Since he would be the one I would declare as my proxy it is redundant to create a new legal document. If you are single, however, this maybe something you want to do if, for example, you wouldn't want your parents or next of kin to make those decisions. Were you in an accident or had a catastrophic medical event and could not make your own decisions be sure the person who is making them is who you want and trust.
In the top right corner there is a 'Marketplace' link, this will bring you to a list of companies that provide everything from life insurance to eldercare. Perhaps the most important for the middle aged users are the password manager options. Once you have made the decisions about what will be done with your social media accounts and financial accounts someone will need those passwords to take care of them as needed.
Once you have answered your cake cards you simple share your login information with 1 or more people who you want to know your wishes and trust to take care of you in the event of your death.
Visit joincake.com to get started.
Tell me what you think about the cake cards.
My name is Abby, my life has been touched many times by loss and grief. This life has led me to helping others navigate their own grief. I have become a INELDA trained End Of Life Doula and a hospice volunteer. I am not a professional counselor or psychologist and all advice given should be treated as advice from a friend.