End-of-life planning

Planning Your Afterlife

I consider it a wake-up call.   The sudden decline and death of my sweet little dog in a 24-hour period underscored for me that any one of us can be gone before we know what hit us.  Once again, the organizer in me kicked in. My husband and I actually began discussing our final wishes 2 1/2 years ago, when we found ourselves unexpectedly responsible for the end-of-life decisions for a friend.   (This led to a frank conversation with my parents, which…

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Planning for the End

Death is a topic that people don’t want to talk about, especially their own deaths.  As Woody Allen said, “I am not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” My mother passed away three days ago.  I was very glad that I had taken the time last year to have a conversation with her about how she envisioned her funeral.  It greatly eased the decision-making at a very trying time.  I didn’t have to…

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