Lack of Planning

On September 17, The Huffington Post posted an article written by Barbara Bates Sedoric, Founder of LastingMatters titled "Losing My Mother Inspired Me to Help Others--Like you".

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! 

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.

Maria Shriver shares Barbara Bates Sedoric's story to help spread the word about why even healthy people should keep their affairs in order.  Read the full story here.

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. 

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