Family Conversation

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.

Crazy Places People Hide Money

February 28, 2014

People hide money all the time.

The hard part is knowing if or where your loved one has hidden money when they die.  A well thought out hiding place is rarely communicated... to anyone...

And so, when someone dies, it is not uncommon when cleaning out desk drawers, sifting through piles of clothes stuffed in a bureau, or sorting through the multitude of boxes stored in the attic or basement, that you might come across some hidden treasures.

Tweeting Cancer

January 24, 2014

I find this fascinating.

There is a public "war" going on and it's about whether or not someone should openly and publically (via Twitter) discuss what it is like to fight Stage 4 cancer. This is a very delicate topic!

Planning A Funeral?

January 16, 2014

Funerals are happening every single minute all over the world; each funeral having it's own personal imprint and private touches to honor those that have died.

There has been an inordinate amount of headline news recently regarding planning a funeral. 

Sobering Stats and Facts For The Living

January 9, 2014

Sometimes, it is a good idea to take a look at stats and facts in order to fully grasp what is really going on in the world. The information posted below was found on the following websites: the Administration on Aging; the US census bureau; Alzheimers Association; The National Council on Aging; U.S. Defense Government;  The World Health Organization; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Conversation Project is a national organization dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care, and helping our culture speak more easily about death and dying.

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