Death

Making a plan for the future. That's the topic of a free informational discussion on Wednesday September 24, 2014 from 5:30-7:30pm at The Music Hall Loft, Portsmouth NH.  This event will start a community dialogue to guide you and your family in planning for the future.

Page 7 of The Seniors Section of The Portsmouth Herald on Friday August 22, 2014 introduced the benefits of planning for death.

On July 30, Barbara Bates Sedoric's interview with Virginia Prescott, Host of NHPR's Word of Mouth, was aired in a show titled "The Death Show". Listen to Barbara's interview here.

Barbara Bates Sedoric, President and Founder of LastingMatters and Author of The LastingMatters Organizer, was recently interviewed by Sarah Cody, Emmy award winning Lifestyle Reporter for FOX CT news. Watch the interview here. Sarah met Barbara at

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! 

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!

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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