Premature death is the process of dying to young. In Minnesota, the health department keeps track of premature deaths.
Statically speaking, 40% of us are dying before we reach 75 years of age. Within Hennepin County alone, this included more than 3,300 people. Half were between the ages of 45 to 64.
Like you, I am bothered by this.
Premature Death: What I Did
Here is what I do and did:
- First, I tell my spouse and children every night how much I love them.
- Second, I purchased life insurance to make up for my lost wages.
- Third, I put all of my belongings into a trust and added specific advisement for my children and grandchildren.
- Fourth, I formalized back-up guardians for my children.
Likely, are doing the first, second and third thing too. If not, I am reminding you to jump on it. Premature death in Minnesota is called premature for a reason.
Premature Death: What I Try to Avoid
I try to focus on the positive. In my profession and client base, I have to think about death more than others. Personally, I find this motivating.
What I try to avoid is making decisions in fear. I cannot wait for my next physical exam because I know my doctor wants to find things before they become a problem.
Premature Death: What if Things Change
Yes, I want my future to change for the better. In fact, I expect positive change. If the good Lord calls me home faster, I will be ready and my family is prepared too.
Premature Death: Caused by What
Here is a short list of the highest percent of causes attributable to premature deaths:
- Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
- Unintentional Injuries
Again, I am not scared, but just in case it hits me like a ton of bricks – I am ready for anything.