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The Certainty of Death and Taxes

April 14, 2015

April 15 is here.  You’ve probably heard this saying before - There are only two things that are certain in life - death and taxes. The difference between these two predictable events is that death only happens once.

We make up a variety of reasons for dragging our feet when it comes time to prepare and file our income taxes- even when we know that the dreaded deadline doesn’t change year after year.

What does planning for death and preparing taxes have in common? 

Keys, keys and more keys.

May 11, 2014

Have you ever come across any unknown, unmarked keys such as the ones pictured above?

Did you happen to find them in a strange place where you not only wondered what they were doing in that location, but, more importantly, you wondered what did those keys actually open?

It is hard enough keeping track of which keys open what when you are the owner and you are still alive. Now imagine the problems that arise when you die and someone else is left to figure out the puzzle!

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.

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.

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