Probably not as aware as they should be. You know, I don’t think I’ve ever sat down with the two of them to discuss this type of stuff. They’re both busy with their own lives, and it’s not really a family dinner type of conversation.”

- Christopher W., 63
Katy, Texas

Our oldest – the most responsible – child knows where we keep our will and other documents. She’s also in charge of our living wills, because she’s the only one strong enough to ?pull the plug.’ We also just bought our plots at a nice cemetery near my family, but she doesn’t like talking about that. We don’t have much, but we would like to leave a little something behind for them, because they’ve never gotten any handouts, and she’s the one we know can be the executor.”

- Roseanne A., 66
Greensburg, Ind.

I don’t have any kids but I do have something like a will. It’s not official or anything; it’s just a list that says which of my stuff goes to my brothers and sister and their kids, and some friends. I probably won’t be leaving a lot of money behind when I die, but I do want them to have enough money for the funeral. I should put that in there somewhere.”

- Lance R., 57
Aurora, Colo.

I didn’t get married until I was in my 50s, so basically I’m an old guy with a younger wife and a beautiful daughter who’s not even in high school yet. So, I don’t think we’ll have that discussion for a long time. But we do have a will, and my sister-in-law is in charge of that. If anything happens to us, we’ve got life insurance.

- Jason D., 63
Cheyenne, Wyo.