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Dealing with Grief and Fears

Grief is a part of life. This doesn’t make it easy to deal with. Maybe you have a fear of dying. Perhaps you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one. You are not alone. We’re here to help.

Pay Now, Die Later: Is Funeral Insurance Worth It?
3 days ago

Pay Now, Die Later: Is Funeral Insurance Worth It?

Marisa, a client, contacted me with an urgent tone in her voice. “Should I get funeral insurance? I really want to sort my funeral out, but this is a big stumbling block for me…
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How to Write Condolence Notes: 8 Tips That Might Come in Handy
5 days ago

How to Write Condolence Notes: 8 Tips That Might Come in Handy

I recently poured out my heart to a colleague about my guilt at two condolence notes left unwritten. One note was intended for a colleague whose sister had died, though I’d heard about the death long after the funeral had taken place…
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Brave in a New World: Dealing with Grief and Recovering from Loss
6 days ago

Brave in a New World: Dealing with Grief and Recovering from Loss

By  •  Mindset

The loss of a mother at a rather early age was very traumatic. At 17, this is the time you need love, guidance and direction about life and you do not know who to trust. So you must learn to trust yourself and your instincts and in your life decisions – good, bad, right or wrong…
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3 Useful Tips on How to Explain Death and Dying to Children
3 weeks ago

3 Useful Tips on How to Explain Death and Dying to Children

“What shall I say?” asked Howard, obviously uncomfortable about telling his 7- and 9-year-old that their grandfather had just died. They had only seen him the other day…
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5 Truths the Dying Want to Tell the Living
4 weeks ago

5 Truths the Dying Want to Tell the Living

I’m mourning my beloved sixth grade teacher, Mr. Ryshavy. In 1960, he was a young, creative, and caring instructor, and every single member of our class adored him…
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Planning a Funeral: 8 Things Funeral Directors Want You to Know
4 weeks ago

Planning a Funeral: 8 Things Funeral Directors Want You to Know

By  •  Family

Let’s face it – funerals are the parties no one wants to plan. And most people only interact with funeral directors at funerals when they are appropriately solicitous, supportive and somber. Read More

Thinking About Dying Doesn’t Have to Be Morbid
4 weeks ago

Thinking About Dying Doesn’t Have to Be Morbid

By  •  Mindset

Death and dying do not make for a jolly subject of any conversation, but it is part of life. And none of us is getting any younger. Is death or dying something you think about very much?
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How to Best Support a Widow Without Making Empty Promises
1 month ago

How to Best Support a Widow Without Making Empty Promises

By  •  Family

In recent conversations with about 50 women who were widowed suddenly, I asked, “What do you wish you had known?” One of the most common answers was…
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3 Pointers on How to Cope with Planning for a Good Death
1 month ago

3 Pointers on How to Cope with Planning for a Good Death

This is a photo I took of my parents’ joint funeral.

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Unbelievably, they both died in the same week, in their sleep, aged 86 and 84. My dad had had a stroke a year previously and hadn’t been doing too well, so it wasn’t entirely unexpected when I got a phone call one morning saying he hadn’t woken up. Read More

10 Creative Ways to Keep Funeral Costs Down
2 months ago

10 Creative Ways to Keep Funeral Costs Down

Funerals can be expensive. There’s no doubt about that. In 2017, the median cost of a funeral was listed as $7,360 on the National Funeral Directors Association’s website…
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