The last 18 months taught us that the unexpected happens. Many families were without an end-of-life plan for their loved ones during the pandemic. We’ve decided to bring back our in-person Lunch and Learn gatherings after talking with so many people who wished they made arrangements before a crisis occurred.
If you feel comfortable joining us in person for an intimate, free lunch and planning seminar, we have one coming up in September:
Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium Chapel
Noon, Tuesday September 21 2021
243 Hanover St., Manchester, NH
Lunch and Learn events are intended to ease the stress of planning, and to answer all of your questions about traditional burials, simple cremations or even green burials. The lunch is hosted by Michelle Phaneuf, a fourth-generation funeral director.
Michelle holds a B.S. in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire and is a graduate of Lynn University with an A.S. in Funeral Service.
Why plan ahead?
Generally, there are three and five days between when someone passes and final arrangements are completed. Whether this is an anticipated death or not, your family is already dealing with loss, and there are lots of moving parts when someone passes. If you can take the decision making and payment worries off the plate, that’s an amazing gift.
Advance planning can start at any age:
- In your 20s and 30s: Getting married and having kids can be a trigger to take care of those details.
- In your 40s and 50s: When your parents begin to show signs of aging. When someone you know is sick. When there’s a death in the family or a death of someone close to you.
- In your 60s: Meeting with a financial planner or making life insurance arrangements. (Some may not be thinking that far ahead before they get close to retirement age, and others who are ahead of the game may make updates or refinements to existing life insurance plans.) Moving from retirement planning to retirement itself.
Consider a plan as a final, gracious gift you can give your family. You are allowing them to focus on their grief and celebrate your life. They are not left wondering – or arguing – about what each of them thinks you would have wanted.
RSVP for Lunch and Learn here.