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The Dilemma With Diaries and Love Letters

May 2, 2014

Do you keep a diary or journal?  Have you been writing in it for decades? Are your diaries hidden in a secret spot or placed out in the open easily visible to others?

Are all of your inner most personal thoughts, feelings, secrets, and descriptive stories of both heartache and accomplishments laid bare inside those hand written pages?

Do you worry about (or have you ever thought about) what happens to your diaries when you die?

 

So Many Urns, So Little Time - End-of Life Planning

April 25, 2014

I heard a story recently that got my attention. Here’s what I remember about it.

In a nutshell, someone’s mom had died and the daughter “in charge” of picking out an urn for her mother’s ashes was so consumed by grief that she sent her spouse to the funeral home in her place.

Next came the phone call from the spouse to his cousin while in the “shopping area” in the back of the funeral home.  He was asking for help in making the selection (by phone)  of the “appropriate” urn.

Honey, What's Your Password?

April 18, 2014

Let’s face it. We live in a sophisticated, technologically driven world whether we like it or not.  Like most things in life, that happens to be both good and bad news.

But with technology comes passwords, usernames,  and PIN numbers. Not only are we instructed to keep these in a “safe” place, we are challenged with the task, on a daily and sometimes hourly basis, of remembering what password goes with what.

Building Your Own Coffin

April 4, 2014

What is your gut reaction to the title of this post?

What do you think about building your own coffin?

Are you sitting there thinking that’s not only crazy, but a bit morbid? Or are you thinking-hey-that’s not such a bad idea…

My gut reaction is why not? Why not plan for death?

An Amazing and Funny Obituary

March 28, 2014

Writing an obituary for your loved one after their death is quite possibly one of the hardest tasks to do well.

First of all, one tends to be in a the midst of being consumed by grief,  with emotions running all over the map, taking over any ability  to think clearly or rationally, much less putting more than two accurate sentences together in a meaningful way.

My Husband's Things

March 14, 2014

Sorting through and parting with your loved one’s personal items after their death is possibly one of the hardest tasks to do…ever.

Nothing really prepares you for the emotional challenge of deciding what to keep and what not to.

Crazy Places People Hide Money

February 28, 2014

People hide money all the time.

The hard part is knowing if or where your loved one has hidden money when they die.  A well thought out hiding place is rarely communicated... to anyone...

And so, when someone dies, it is not uncommon when cleaning out desk drawers, sifting through piles of clothes stuffed in a bureau, or sorting through the multitude of boxes stored in the attic or basement, that you might come across some hidden treasures.

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