But it's important for clients to move beyond nurturing to empowerment, where they can develop greater financial literacy and resources, Conger says. She cites a client who came to her in 1985 when the woman was an telecom executive. The client married soon after and stayed home for 10 years, until her husband died of cancer in his late 40s. Conger remembers her client telling her at the funeral: "I guess this is one thing we never planned for." The client fell apart for more than a year - missing deadlines, failing to deliver paperwork, etc. When she finally invited Conger to her house, the coffee table was stacked high with bills and financial documents.
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