AARP picked up an amazing "TED talk" about planning for the end of life and immediately posted it on their website.
Tasks To Do
The word "crisis" congures up a plethora of definitions and sharp images that come to mind depending on one's life experiences, or what is headlined in our 24/7/365 stream of news reporting, or your own fruitful imagination as well as recalling your nightmare from last nights dream.
Did you know that April is Parkinson's awareness month? Well, now you do. Do you know anyone that currently has Parkinson's disease, besides Michael J. Fox? Do you know someone who has passed away from Parkinson's? I do.
Tax day, April 15th, has passed and you have either successfully filed your tax returns in a timely fashion, filed for an extention kicking the can down the street until the August filing date, or you will not have bothered with your taxes at all and you will get it done when you are good and ready to do so!
Hmmmm. Old is the age you haven't reached yet.
What does the word "old" mean to you? Do you think:
First, you get the shocking news that your loved one has died.
Next comes the avalanche of tasks to do related to that person's death while in the throws of grief.
Then comes one of the hardest tasks. You are asked to eulogize your grandparent, parent, child or friend.
March 20 marks the first day of spring.
You would not know it's spring from the snowstorm which just dumped a ton of heavy snow in southern New Hampshire, but it's true. Spring is officially here!
Besides enjoying longer days, budding flowers and trees, and shedding winter coats and boots for lighter attire, spring means cleaning.
Are you a hoarder? Probably not like that TV show that shows people buried in their stuff!
Have you ever attended a funeral and found yourself wondering what it would be like to plan for and "attend" your own funeral?
When Nonnie died, we had no idea what to do other than contact Nonnie's Minister at Third Presbyterian Church where she had worshiped for as long as I can remember. Nonnie did not pre-plan her funeral.
So, how does one plan a funeral?
Several years ago, my beloved Aunt Leticia died suddenly and was buried next to her husband in a quaint cemetery plot on Nantucket Island on a very stormy afternoon. For whatever reason, I started thinking about where I might want to be buried. This had never before been a topic of conversation at the dinner table.