October 2012

Ashes to Ashes

October 26, 2012

Now here's a topic not many people want to talk about. But, of course I do. The importance of communicating whether you want to be buried or cremated is first and foremost. This is not a decision that can be reversed.

I read recently about how urns full of ashes are stacked up in the closets of funeral homes uncollected. Here are some thoughts as to why that may happen.

7 Tasks to Tackle ASAP

October 22, 2012

Here are 7 tasks to deal with ASAP whether or not your loved one's death was sudden or expected.

1. 911

Contacting the emergency medical team is probably the first number you will dial. Someone died. And you need help. Then it is time to say goodbye and have your loved one transported to the local hospital or funeral home. Someone has to officially declare the death.

Obit Lit

October 18, 2012

Have you ever tried to write an obituary?

It certainly was not a writing assignment that I had in college.

There are many reasons why writing an obituary is inherently difficult:

Let's Be Candid

October 15, 2012

Honestly. No one really enjoys talking about death do they?

And no one really enjoys bringing up a very delicate topic that can create that weird silent gap in a conversation between child and parent or visa versa, do they?

But we should all make our own plan and then communicate it.  Or, communicate it first then document it.

Why?

The Day Mom Died

October 10, 2012

May 4, 2006.

I was driving to the North Shore Mall on Interstate 95 on a beautiful spring day. My cell phone rang. It was my brothers number. "Dad's been trying to reach you-did he get a hold of you"?

"No, why?"

"Mom's dead."

Let's Get It Started

October 9, 2012

You know how hard it is sometimes to just "get started"?

And I mean to start anything?

Especially doing things that you have put off doing, want to put off doing, don't want to do, or think "maybe I can do that later"?

Like the task of switching your closet from your summer clothes to fall clothes, or cleaning out the attic or the inside of your oven, or having those honest conversations about tough topics?