Planning for death

Take Action and Be Prepared - A New Year's Resolution

January 2, 2017

The end of any year is always a very busy time. Days and nights are filled with a variety of holiday traditions, family gatherings, and a bustle of year-end activities that tend to focus on the “administrivia” of closing out another year.

The rush of the holiday season comes to a close. Celebrants watched the crystal ball drop in Times Square signaling the start of a New Year. 2016 ended with a toast, perhaps a kiss, and sometimes a thoughtful New Year’s resolution.

Diane Atwood is the author of "Catching Health" - a blog launched in 2011 for health reporting that makes a difference.

Dr. Karen Wyatt is a family practice and hospice physician and an award winning author of "What Really Matters" and "The Tao of Death". She is the founder of the End-of-Life University where one can find educational resources helping to improve end-of-life care in our society.

How to Tactfully Initiate End-of-Life Conversations with Aging Parents

June 8, 2016

Whether you plan ahead or you’re thrown into a situation due to a sudden health crisis, end-of-life conversations are never easy. Couple that with trying to initiate end-of-life conversations with your aging parents. These conversations can be excruciatingly delicate and sometimes difficult. One must simultaneously tread lightly, yet boldly.

Include Next Generation In Estate Planning Process

May 9, 2016

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.

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