Last updated: August 14, 2013 6:31 a.m.
Parents mortality ticks away at website
How many more times will you see your parents before they die? It’s a question many people don’t want to face. Logically, we know our moms and dads will die someday. Yet the idea that they will be gone one day is easy to ignore. “See Your Folks” is a disturbing yet enlightening website that puts this question front and center. By answering a few simple questions, it can predict how many more times you might see your parents before they die. By answering four basic questions – “Where do your parents live?” “How old is your mum? “How old is your dad?” “On average how many times do you see your parents a year?” – the site will estimate the number of times you’ll see your parents before they are likely to die. It took mere seconds to learn that I will probably see my parents, who are in their 60s and live in New Jersey, 138 more times. What to do with this information? Well, for some of us it will inspire a weepy call to our parents and a plan for more frequent visits home. For others, the exercise may be little more than a gentle reminder that mortality is not an abstract idea.