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Graciela Correa Morales died from COVID-19 almost a year ago, and her family still struggles with her absence.
The San Antonio mother, who died at 72, was always so full of life. Her middle son, Omar Correa Morales, says his mom’s voice was tender and friendly.
“She would always leave me voicemails, and I would always delete them; I messed up,” Correa Morales said. “I might have some old phones there and hopefully I can find one because I really miss her voice.”
But Correa Morales is not only looking for old phones; he has also been searching for important documents because his mom’s legal affairs are still not in order. Like more than half of all Americans, Graciela Correa Morales died without a will.
“She already knew she had to get it, but she never went. I couldn’t force her to go, otherwise the rest of the family would’ve thought that I am pressuring her. Sometimes people fight over things like that,” Correa Morales said.
Normally, in the United States, the older you are, the more likely you are to have a will. That’s according to a 2016 Gallup poll. The majority of Americans 65 and older – close to 70% – have one, while just 14% of people in their 30s have a written will.
That has been a problem during the pandemic because Texans of all age groups experienced sudden death. So far, more than 51,000 people in the state have died from COVID-19. And many of them left this world without any instructions to loved ones about debts and personal property.
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