Articles on "Funeral Planning"

November 7, 2008 11:20 am

Peace of Mind After Losing a Loved One

Iris and Harold were high school sweethearts who married in 1958 – she was 18 and he was 21. While she stayed home and raised their two children, Harold worked all his life as a machinist and retired two years ago. As in their younger days, Iris and Harold were enjoying retirement by traveling, and also visiting their children and golfing once a week. They were even thinking of leaving Maryland to be closer to their daughter in North Carolina. […]

November 20, 2006 12:00 am

How To Make Sure No Questions are Left Unanswered Before Death: End of Life Planning

Death. Everyone is forced to deal with it at some point, but nobody knows exactly when. It is a taboo topic in America, avoided and ill-prepared for by most people until it is too late. The death of a loved one is a painful, stressful time and dealing with personal effects, wills, finances and funeral preparations is only an added frustration. Many Americans wrongfully assume the preparation for death can wait until they are senior citizens or in a retirement […]

A Long-Range Planner: End of Life
May 1, 2006 12:00 am

A Long-Range Planner: End of Life

Planning for the future is important to Betty Stallings. From her healthcare needs to her funeral plans, she has mapped out every detail. “It puzzles me that people don’t plan,” says Betty Stallings. A former Librarian and a self-described “long-range planner,” Mrs. Stallings has always had a detail-oriented eye to the future. Her forethought precipitated her move to a continuing care retirement community and the preplanning and prefunding of her funeral. Mrs. Stallings has a Master’s in Library Science and […]

Funeral Planning
December 21, 2005 12:00 am

Funeral Planning

Bette Runge, a well-known tango dancer, was honored with an exceptional funeral ceremony that incorporated her passion for life and for dance. For many individuals planning a funeral is a task to be avoided, but for others, who see the value and importance of a personal memorial service, planning a unique service is an essential task. These individuals may use the planning process to say a personal and poignant goodbye to family and friends. They may be looking for a […]

December 21, 2005 12:00 am

How To Pre-Plan a Funeral

Every year, two million Americans are tasked with planning a funeral for a family member or friend. They face this challenge during a time of grief and stress. Preplanning allows consumers to protect their loved ones, while simultaneously creating a funeral that meets their distinctive needs. *Plan Today* In recent years, there has been a dramatic upsurge in the number of consumers who choose to preplan their funerals. The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) explains this growth by looking to […]

Preplanning for Your Loved Ones: Funeral Planning
August 31, 2005 12:00 am

Preplanning for Your Loved Ones: Funeral Planning

“It is wonderful that I can help nonprofit organizations raise money to meet real needs in the community,” says Sally Smith, a consultant, who works with charities throughout the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. Her path to this career was not direct. Sally received a Master’s degree in Teaching and taught for many years. When she decided to leave teaching for other pursuits, Sally accepted a position in the development office of a local charity and found a rewarding new career, […]

August 30, 2005 12:00 am

How To Prepare for End of Life

The ruling from the Florida Supreme Court regarding the Terri Schiavo case has focused much of America on crucial issues for end of life decisions. Perhaps the biggest news from the case, however, is the lack of preparation by most Americans when it comes to the end-of-life issues. A End of Life survey of AARP members 50 years of age and over noted that a little over one-half (55%) of respondents have an Advance Directive, such as a living will […]

September 8, 2004 12:00 am

End of Life Care: Sound Therapy for Hospice Patients

Facing the Inevitable Once family members overcome their disbelief, shock, and anger about the pending end of life for their loved one, they often seek opportunities to demonstrate caring, to eliminate stress, and provide a peaceful environment. Focus becomes seeking ways to express love, and listening and intervening for patient comfort, while fighting feelings of denial, grief and depression. Controlling sounds in a hospice room can be an important ingredient for peace, comfort, and harmony for both the patient and […]

A Model Retirement: Money and Legal
December 30, 2003 12:00 am

A Model Retirement: Money and Legal

Alan and Katharine Jung are truly a model for ideal retirement living. Not only have their retirement living decisions been well thought-out and proactive, but they have also embraced the new opportunities that retirement offers and are fully enjoying what they refer to as a “new season in their life.” The couple can certainly offer helpful advice to others concerning retirement living decisions-right down to the downsizing checklist Katharine devised. They did just that during a recent presentation for their […]

A Retirement That is More Than O.K.
September 3, 2003 12:00 am

A Retirement That is More Than O.K.

Two signs hang outside Mrs. Sadie Hofstein’s apartment in Martin’s Run, a continuing care retirement community in Media, PA. One cheerfully announces, “I’m O.K.,” while the other is a more distinguished plaque engraved with “Hofstein House.” Both say a lot about Mrs. Hofstein’s personality, her past, and her future. “I always knew I was going to be in some kind of helping profession.” This is how Mrs. Hofstein explains her work as the administrator of the first apartment house for […]