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.

How To Find Joy At the End of Life, Even While Planning a Funeral

October 31, 2014

Consider this fact of life: How much effort do we often put into planning for vacations, weddings and sometimes our retirement, but how often do we plan for the nitty-gritty practical details of planning a funeral or planning for death? The inevitable is inevitable isn’t it?

We may consider issues such as wills and estate planning or cremation or burial. But how often do we communicate and document our lives and what is to happen to all that information when we die?

The Sad Case of Casey Kasem - The Lack of Planning for Death

June 24, 2014

In case you hadn’t heard, Casey Kasem died last week.  The news of his death was not, however, a huge surprise.

A family battle over Casey’s end-of-life care, treatment and intentions was the predominant story for several weeks- a feud played out in public and highlighted in various media outlets.

Could this feud have been avoided? A resounding yes!