• How Do I Help My Family and Friends (and Myself) During the Holidays?

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    December 08, 2014
                 Holiday stress is upon us.  The stress may be magnified by depression, especially if this is the first holiday after the loss of a loved one.  There are hundreds of theories and suggestions of how to cope during this difficult time.  Some may work for you and some may not.  There a... Read More

  • Who Should I Name to Handle My End-of-life Affairs?

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    November 07, 2014
                  It is something none of us what to think about.  We know we have to do it.  It is in the best interest of my loved ones.  It is practical, yet grim.  Who do I trust to handle my end-of-life decisions?  Who do I trust to handle my estate once I am gone?  Who do I believe ... Read More

  • Burial or Cremation?

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    October 22, 2014
                   Our European traditions have long dictated burial as the final means of disposition in the Midwest United States.  However, as we are becoming a far more diverse and ecologically minded society, the use of cremation as the final means of disposition is growing.  What shall you do... Read More

  • The Benefit of Having, “The Talk”

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    August 04, 2014
                    My family members have said it.  Many people who have come in to plan and preplan funeral arrangements have said it.  I am willing to bet you have family members who have said it.  You may have said it yourself.  “Just cremate me and throw my ashes to the wind,&r... Read More

  • The Funeral Was a Month Ago, Now What?

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    July 07, 2014
    A close family member has died, let’s say your spouse.  In the days following the death, you are inundated with the heart felt support of your family, friends and co-workers.  Over the next few weeks, your friends call and check up on you.  Cards, flowers and food pour in to your home. Now it is a month after the funeral. ... Read More

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