Family Crisis

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

Incapacity Happens

August 17, 2015

What does Dad want? Have you asked? How about Mom? Does anyone know what her wishes are?  Has anyone asked her? And is anyone really listening to what they are saying?

Life can turn on a dime. Incapacity happens. Wouldn't it be better to take some time now to get prepared?  There is no time like the present to ask questions and get some answers.  It’s never too late until it really is too late!

Pax World Management “Investing in Women” March 2015 newsletter recommends The LastingMatters Organizer in the “Practice Management Tip” section- “a great tool for advisors to use with clients, helping to organize their personal intentions”. 

Canadian Seniors Association, located in Ontario, Canada, has listed LastingMatters and The LastingMatters Organizer as a valuable resource under the "Real Life Stories & Resources" section on their website Ex

On July 18, Maria Shriver posted another article written by Barbara Bates Sedoric on Shriver's website under "Inspirational Stories of Architects of Change".

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! 

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.

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