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Death Cafes: Talking About Wishes, Burial Planning, and Other Uncomfortable Topics

While it’s likely you’ve heard of an espresso café, or a café that serves breakfast and lunch, or other small bites, a death café may not be as familiar to you. Death cafes are not establishments where you go to get food or beverages; they are a type of gathering where people get together and talkRead more

Tools for Securely Managing Your Digital Estate

Many people don’t realize (or remember) how many online accounts they have, never mind how much personal information is stored within those accounts. When we die, our digital assets are often left to wander the online universe long after we’ve expired, and maybe even forever. There are, however, tools available today for collecting and storingRead more

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What Happens When We Die with Debt

Most people – about 73% of consumers, to be specific – have at least some debt remaining when they die. When you add up all the personal loans, credit cards and mortgages, the numbers can get pretty high. In fact, according to Experian’s FileOne database of 220 million consumers, the average consumer dies with aboutRead more

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The Importance of Making Our End-of-Life Wishes Known

While it’s a topic most people don’t like talking about – no matter how old or young – having conversations about death can be beneficial to you and your family. How? Talking about and preparing for death can reduce some of the burden for our loved ones after we’ve gone. While we may not likeRead more

The Why and How of Pre-Planning

It should come as no surprise that we believe it is extremely important to think about, plan ahead, and discuss your wishes for the end of your life. Yet, for many people, this is a scary subject; it is difficult to discuss, hard to imagine and definitely can cause anxiety. But here’s something to consider:Read more

Digital Estate Management: What Is It and Why Might You Need it?

When you lose someone you love, the last thing on our mind may be their social media accounts or the various digital profiles that they may have created in life. But imagine coming across comments or friend requests on their Facebook, or navigating emails from distant acquaintances who have not heard of their passing. ImagineRead more

Gamifying the End-of-Life Planning Process: Exploring “My Gift of Grace”

  We live in a time where innovation abounds. It is not uncommon to find that what you once considered a chore has now been reinvented as a fun game or competition. We have fitness trackers that make exercising exciting, recipe builders that make cooking a breeze, and now we have a game that addressesRead more

How to Be Pro-Active in Preparing for Your End of Life

  Regardless of your age and health, knowing and sharing your end-of-life wishes is essential for just about everyone. None of us have the power to know when we will reach our end, so the best way to ensure that your needs are met in critical situations is to be proactive. Here are three simpleRead more

Cremation vs Burial: What is Right for You?

After a loved one has passed away, there are many decisions to be made. Not the least of these is how to deal with the remains in a respectful manner. While in many cases the deceased may have expressly made their wishes known, there are certainly situations where the bereaved family has to decide howRead more

Preplanning is a gift for your loved ones

  Even though it’s inevitable for all of us, many of us don’t like talking about death. So talking about our wishes for funeral or cremation arrangements is an uncomfortable subject for not only us, but our families as well. But, it’s important to have plans in place – especially if there are things youRead more