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Estate Planning Checklist No Comments

Estate planning is simply creating a set of instructions on how you want to distribute your money and property when you die. Estate planning is not just for the wealthy. Even the average person may have reason to plan their estate. For example, you need an estate plan if: You have ever purchased life insurance, You have a retirement or savings account, You own your own home…

Funeral Planning Checklist No Comments

Planning a funeral or memorial services involves many factors. You need to cover all your bases to make certain that every aspect ranging from legalities to directives are discussed in detail. Every funeral or memorial service involves the preparation stage. You need to lay the foundation to make certain important people are involved, covered and know what to do. Print up the funeral planning checklist below to make things easier.   Checklist Specify Your Wishes Everyone has desires as to how their funeral or memorial services should be. It is important to remember that your wishes are not legally binding unless they are in writing. Here’s what you need to do: Make a list of all the important people in your life. List them from most important to mentionable. Open up your mind and think about everyone who plays a role in your life. Make a list of your wishes. Do not concern yourself with assigning tasks to anyone at this time. Realize that satisfying your wishes is part of the grieving process. Here is a list of items to consider:  Do you want to be cremated or have a funeral service?  Do you want a burial plot in a particular cemetery?  If cremated, where do you want your ashes to end up? Is it a particular ceremony or location?  Do you want an elaborate life celebration or a quiet, intimate affair?  Think about your eulogy and obituary. Is there anything pertinent you want  mentioned?  How many bearers do you want?  Do you want a viewing?  Can anyone attend your viewing? Who is off limits?  Do you want a religious ceremony?  What kind of funeral do you want? Specify details.  Specify your budget. This prevents overspending during all phases.  Do you want to donate your body to science?  Do you have any unsaid words you would like to say?  Where do you want your flowers to go after the ceremony?   Break Your Wishes Into Specific Tasks Look over your list of wishes. Think about which person best suits the needs. Write that person’s name next to the task. For instance, assign the writer in your list the task of writing your obituary. If you want a religious ceremony, choose a ministry professional to oversee.   Assign Someone as Your Executor This person is usually the one emotionally closest to you. They will ultimately be responsible for setting your estate. Is it your husband, wife or other close family member? Is it the retirement community’s social service representative? Put it in writing on your wish list. Understand that many government entities will not give power to your partner if you are in a same-sex relationship. You will need to do this yourself by assigning the responsibility to your partner in writing. Update and amend your wish list as needed. It is a document in the making. Make a photocopy and distribute it as desired. Keep your wish list with your will.   Prepare a Will A will is the legal

Celebrate Your Life Your Way: Planning Your Own Funeral No Comments

Funerals are often a taboo subject; people feel unable to talk about the subject of death yet it is however one of the certainties of life. It’s easy to avoid writing a will and understandably hard to plan your own funeral, but for those who would like some control after death it can be very worthwhile. Recognizing that death is a part of life and planning your own funeral can be a liberating experience too. It may also help your family to sort your affairs out and avoid having to go through the often stressful funeral planning…

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The Steps to Acknowledging Life’s Biggest Finances No Comments

As people meander their way through life, obligations are aplenty and people handle them in unique ways. Some are tough, some are fun and several just simply have to be taken care of. Every person and every family has situations that pose a challenge in their own right, and a nearly universal belief is that any obstacle or duty in life is easier to handle when people are better prepared. Certain people get lucky and avoid major health problems. Others are fortunate and avoid marital challenges or happiness issues…

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Your Guide To Putting Funeral Plans In Place No Comments

Unfortunately, there’s little way to avoid the pain of losing a loved one, but if you are suffering from a bereavement taking control of the funeral plans can give you a purpose that will help guide you through this difficult time. Organising a fitting funeral is a wonderful way to honour the departed and give them the send-off they deserve. Arranging a funeral for a loved one is not an everyday occurrence, it can be a daunting prospect which grief only making it more difficult. However, with the right funeral director…

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Living with Loss, One Day at a Time (Featured Book) No Comments

While exploring the hardships of loss by providing daily encouragements to help a griever through their personal journey, this book focuses on all aspects of life. It embraces and emphasizes the happy, healthy days of life with your loved one and how the loss has changed that life while integrating the loss into daily lives providing healing tools and suggestions. I am so glad that Rachel wrote this book, so she can continue to help more people live with loss. She has a special gift for imparting small and manageable…

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Emerging Voices (Featured Book) No Comments

Emerging Voices is a book of poetry and artwork created by Laurel Rund in 2010 to describe the feelings of grief and loss she experienced after the death of her husband of 42 years. The bereavement community, friends and family encouraged her to share what she had written because her poems reached out and touched others in a profound way, regardless of the type of loss the reader had experienced. Loss is most often associated with the death of a loved one; but feelings of loss also come from: divorce or a relationship breakup, loss of a friendship, loss of health…

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A Guide to Grief (Part Two) No Comments

In my last article I shared some ideas for dealing with your grief when you’ve lost someone you love. The following is a guide for those who wish to help someone who is in mourning. People want to be helpful to a bereaved person, but often feel that they don’t know what to say or what to do; as a consequence they do nothing, which is the worst possible thing they can do. I encourage those of you who are grieving to share, in love, this short guide with your friends to help them help you…

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From Grief to Joy, A Journey Back to Life & Living (Featured Book) No Comments

Donna’s story is an elegant illustration of how to recognize that, despite how it may seem, the world around you is not coming apart; it is just the turbulence that is necessary to project you into the next level of life. Do not be afraid of what this life brings you. Use it, and know that in the realm of uncertainty, your destiny is found. Donna walks this path. She has experienced it first hand, and her message is a powerful communication inspired by practice. Upon finishing this book, you will know more than you imagined…

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