My first husband passed away eight years ago. He would have been 65 years old this year. Within the past year, I began to receive offers and correspondence from Medicare health insurers and other various organizations who are vying for Richard’s business since the companies are aware that he would have been eligible for Social Security and Medicare. I suppose no one checks or scrubs lists before sending mailings to long-deceased people or their widows.
I remember when I received a letter from Social Security in early 2005 that began “…our records indicate that your marriage ended on (date of my husband’s death.)” I was initially hurt when I received the letter because I wasn’t yet really aware that my marriage had “ended.” I feel annoyance now when I receive this kind of correspondence because I am reminded again of my loss as well as the lack of consideration of the companies using outdated mailing lists.