Here's a sneak preview of the cover of the forthcoming book: "The LastingMatters Organizer". Maria Shriver recently posted my story titled "Even Healthy People Should Keep Their Affairs in Order" in her "Inspirational Stories from Architects of Change" section of Maria's website at www.MariaShriver.com.
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.
Who is responsible for paying off the balance of the credit cards after the death of a loved one? And what about the mortgage loan? Not that you had anything else on your grief stricken mind when your loved one dies...but do you know the answers?
It is difficult coming up with a topic related to planning for end-of-life and death when it is Valentine's Day.
After all, the media focuses on love stories, and chocolates and flowers-not funerals, terminal illness or tragic deaths. Yet, love does show up sometimes in mysterious ways. Even when death is involved.
This story is a love story -as well as the death of two lovebirds.
This post is about a father who has a special message to give his daughter.
Each and every day.
One thing people rarely, if ever, think about is what happens when the one and only funeral home on any given island (this one happens to be located 30 miles out to sea), closes its doors and terminates its service to the island community forever. Several newspapers in December 2013 heralded the story of what would become of those who happened to die while they are either visiting, vacationing, or are permanent residents of Nantucket Island- also known as the "Grey Lady".
I find this fascinating.
There is a public "war" going on and it's about whether or not someone should openly and publically (via Twitter) discuss what it is like to fight Stage 4 cancer. This is a very delicate topic!
Funerals are happening every single minute all over the world; each funeral having it's own personal imprint and private touches to honor those that have died.
There has been an inordinate amount of headline news recently regarding planning a funeral.
Sometimes, it is a good idea to take a look at stats and facts in order to fully grasp what is really going on in the world. The information posted below was found on the following websites: the Administration on Aging; the US census bureau; Alzheimers Association; The National Council on Aging; U.S. Defense Government; The World Health Organization; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.