Love it! I do chuckle @ the shock some people express when I say, "No, Duane can't come to the phone/door, etc. because he's DEAD!"
I did that too!
I have done that too! With my grandmothers passing as well as my husbands. The sound on the other end of the line makes my day :P
About those phone calls and junk mail--I have a friend who, when he got calls asking for his DW would say, "No I don't know where she is, but I have a phone number where you might be able to get some information." And then he'd give them the number of the funeral home.
With my DH, I still got collection notices for a bill he never owed in the first place. I started writing on the envelope, "No longer living at this address." I was able to do that, laughing and not crying, because it was like my husband's sense of humor back in the days before he was sick.
I FOUND OUT THAT ANY BILLS MY WIFE HAD IN HER NAME ONLY, i WASN'T RESPONSIBLE FOR.
I CONTACTED THE COMPANIES EXPLAINING THAT SHE HAD PASS ON AND THEY WERE QUICK TO HELP ME.
SHE HAD NO ESTATE, NOTHING IN HER NAME THAT REQUIRED BEING PROBATED, SO THEY HAD NOTHING TO GET.
LOOK INTO THIS, EVEN IF IT ONLY GETS RID OF ONE BILL, IT'S BETTER THAN NOTHING.
Ah, well. That didn't work in my county in Texas. I not only had to pay the bills that were in his name, I was stuck for his law practice debts because the minute he died I because the president of the law firm, unable to bring any money into the firm, but responsible for paying off what was owed.
Yes Texas does have some stupid laws, Skylark. Some have been on the books forever. Where in Texas do you live? I live in Dallas.