Communication

How to Help a Friend or Loved One Through a Loss from Suicide: Guest Blog by Steve Johnson

September 6, 2016

This post is written by Steve Johnson who co-created PublicHealthLibrary.Org with a fellow pre-med student.  While the topic of suicide is difficult, suicide is a sudden unexpected death that leaves family members and friends left behind needing help.

How to Help a Friend or Loved One Through a Loss from Suicide

Treasured Holiday Letters

December 24, 2015

A tall stack of Kodak photos printed on shiny rectangular cards of a family of four sits stapled together with the corresponding holiday letter written with care by “mom” each year. She probably spent a lot of time crafting the ubiquitous yearly holiday letter and thought about what her intended message would be to those she sent cards to each December.

The words paint a picture of accomplishments, changes, and reflections of the ups and downs of a year in a family’s life.

Overlooking the Obvious? It's Time to Include the Next Generation in Your Planning Process

July 22, 2015

If you think you have run out of things to talk about with your adult kids, how about a worthwhile chat about incapacity and death? That’s certainly going to get their attention and a photo worthy reaction…usually a wide-eyed look that says “it’s time to head for the hills”! 

We need, however, to ensure that our next of kin are fully prepared and understand what we want should we become incapacitated or die.

Father's Day Wishes - Meaningful Gifts From Dad

June 16, 2015

Father’s Day is on Sunday June 21. Are you frantically searching for the perfect gift to give to your Dad this year to commemorate and celebrate what he means to you?

Besides a funny card and a homemade gift from the kids, or yet another tie or sleeve of fancy new golf balls, what do you consider to be a meaningful gift? Flowers, brunch, and jewelry are probably off the list for Dad. 

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. 

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.

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