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The Certainty of Death and Taxes

April 14, 2015

April 15 is here.  You’ve probably heard this saying before - There are only two things that are certain in life - death and taxes. The difference between these two predictable events is that death only happens once.

We make up a variety of reasons for dragging our feet when it comes time to prepare and file our income taxes- even when we know that the dreaded deadline doesn’t change year after year.

What does planning for death and preparing taxes have in common? 

Hope is Not a Plan, But Planning Will Generate Hope

April 10, 2015

It’s here. Some call it the “silver tsunami” while others reference it as “the greying of America”. Nearly half of the “sandwich“ generation have a parent over age 65 and are raising young children or supporting grown children.

Alarmingly, thousands of critically important end-of-life and after death decisions are currently being made without the benefit of advanced planning. While “hope” is not a plan, planning realizes hope.

NPR Host Diane Rehm and 4 Outspoken Guests Tackle "Right-to-Die" Topic

February 22, 2015

NPR’s Diane Rehm’s personal story catapulted her to the forefront of the right-to-die debate when she shared her husband’s death with the public. Her husband John struggled with Parkinson’s disease and then struggled with his end-of-life choices. John wanted to die on his own terms but he lived in a state where there was no legal aid-in-dying option.

Corgenius and LastingMatters - At the Heart of What Matters Most

January 26, 2015

Corgenius and LastingMatters are companies founded after personal experiences with loss and grief inspired their founders to solve problems that most people tend to tip-toe around. With a deep understanding of, and compassion for, what really happens when someone dies, both companies tackle the challenges associated with planning and communicating before and after death. 

Why Planning Ahead Matters in Life & Death

January 21, 2015

In 1903, my great-grandfather, George D. B. Bonbright sold a stamp collection to help fund and open his investment firm in Rochester NY with six employees.  George was a “life planner.” My grandfather was named a partner at Bonbright & Co. where he too was a meticulous planner. In 1958, my father began his 56 year career helping people plan. For over three decades, my husband Tom has served hundreds of families with planning their life’s transitions.

Some Things I Forgot to Ask Mom

January 13, 2015

It's that time of year when we have carefully packed away the decorations, cleaned up our homes, and returned to our busy lives after celebrating various holidays with family and friends, near and far.

Once again, it is time to get ready for another New Year!

It's also that time of year when we reflect upon and assess the close of yet another year.  We tie up loose ends and make plans for the coming months and the year ahead.  We also count our blessings.

Rohe's Holiday Hats

December 8, 2014

They recently arrived packaged lovingly in white tissue in a box with a note from his widow.  They sit side by side on our mantle this holiday season next to two others that are perched there.

They sit as a stark and precious reminder of the man who once wore them.

They are Rohe’s red and green, furry, bright, holiday music- playing, ridiculous holiday hats.

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