Family Conversations

Why Planning Ahead Matters in Life & Death

January 21, 2015

In 1903, my great-grandfather, George D. B. Bonbright sold a stamp collection to help fund and open his investment firm in Rochester NY with six employees.  George was a “life planner.” My grandfather was named a partner at Bonbright & Co. where he too was a meticulous planner. In 1958, my father began his 56 year career helping people plan. For over three decades, my husband Tom has served hundreds of families with planning their life’s transitions.

Barbara Bates Sedoric interview with Rich Dipentima, Host of the "So Much for Seniors" TV program, recently aired on Portsmouth, New Hampshire's Comcast Channel 98 (PMMTV).

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Some Things I Forgot to Ask Mom

January 13, 2015

It's that time of year when we have carefully packed away the decorations, cleaned up our homes, and returned to our busy lives after celebrating various holidays with family and friends, near and far.

Once again, it is time to get ready for another New Year!

It's also that time of year when we reflect upon and assess the close of yet another year.  We tie up loose ends and make plans for the coming months and the year ahead.  We also count our blessings.

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) recently listed LastingMatters and The LastingMatters Organizer as a resource for family conversations on their website. National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16.

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.

Discussing death should be no laughing matter. Nor should it be easy, pressure-free and light-hearted, right? Barb sits down with NHPR to discuss why talking about death doesn't need to be somber, but does need to happen. Read the full story here

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