End of Life Planning Part 2

Planning a Memorial As your loved ones age, it’s important to know how they want to be memorialized and buried. While many people still prefer solemn, formal funerals or mourning ceremonies, others are beginning to lean more towards parties and celebrations of life. Knowing the kind of memorialization that your loved one wants will take the decision making off your shoulders when the time comes to carry out their wishes. Detailing these wishes as part of a legal document will ensure that your loved one is honored and memorialized as they want. If you’re concerned about the cost of funerals,

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How to Make End of Life Plans Part 1

According to the CDC, around 60 percent of U.S. adults have no plan in place for the end of their lives. Consequently, close friends and family are left to sort through personal belongings, funeral arrangements and asset distribution while they’re mourning. Solidifying an end of life plan can ease the minds of everyone involved. Your loved one’s final wishes can be known and recorded as an objective legal document. This gives you and your family a map to follow. This process involves discussing all the conditions surrounding someone’s death before they die, as opposed to during or after. Having these

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Why don't we talk about death?

Why don't we talk about death?

Why don't we talk about death? First of all, it’s going to happen to each and every one of us. Yet, why does initiating a conversation about planning ahead for death always seem to make people run in the other direction? Why don't we talk about death?  What is it that makes us so fearful?  Do you think that having conversations about end-of-life plans will in fact “jinx” you? Why don't we talk about death? Why talking about death and planning ahead is beneficial: We are less prepared to tackle end-of-life decisions during a crisis (when incapacity occurs or when a loved one

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Help Adult Children face Your End of Life

How to Be a Health Advocate for Your Aging Parent

There are many reasons adult children might struggle to face their parents mortality. Let's face it, no one wants to think about death and dying much less talk about it. Yet, it's inevitable and deserves setting aside time to have a very important conversation while you are able to.  Help Adult Children face Your End of Life As you grow older and end-of-life preparations are considered, there comes a time when you will need, and want, people to join in and help you as you go through the process of getting your affairs in order. At the very least, you’d

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Initiating End-Of-Life Conversations with Parents

Initiating End-Of-Life Conversations with Parents

Whether you plan ahead or you’re thrown into a situation due to a sudden health crisis, end-of-life conversations are never easy. Couple that with trying to initiate these conversations with your aging parents.  End-of-Life talks can be excruciatingly delicate and sometimes difficult. One must simultaneously tread lightly, yet boldly. Initiating End-Of-Life Conversations with Parents Here are some basic guidelines to help prepare for these very important and personal discussions. Initiating End-Of-Life Conversations with Parents Start now Initiating End-Of-Life Conversations with Parents If you think it’s difficult to find the time today, it could be much harder.  Imagine what it will be like trying to

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Discussing Your Aging Care and Death

Discussing Your Aging Care and Death

Discussing Your Aging Care and Death Now that Medicare has begun to cover advanced care planning, chaotic life – and dying – decisions will hopefully diminish Discussing Your Care and Death The “death panels” have arrived. Starting this month, your physician can charge Medicare for the time she spends speaking with you and your family about end-of-life care – a very good and important step. Lawyers bill for the time they spend counseling clients about estate planning. Until now, doctors have generally provided the analogous service – advanced care planning – for free. Patients often postpone such discussions because they’re afraid to face

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