End-of-life planning

Home Instead Senior Care Seacoast New Hampshire recently highlighted LastingMatters on their website.

Maria Shriver.com- Friend of The Conversation Project, Barbara Bates Sedoric, was recently published on Maria Shriver's blog.  She tells the story of being blindsided by her mother's death.  Not only was she blindsided by grief and sadness, but by the myriad of decisions she had to make.

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.

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! 

Yesterday, on NHPR Exchange, during the daily morning program,  Laura Knoy discussed the Must-Read Books for Summer 2014 with Dan Chartrand of Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, NH and Michael Herrmann of Gibson's Bookstore in Concord, NH.  Bot

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.

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