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D E A D is a Four Letter Word

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Does just reading the word’ dead’ make you cringle? You are not alone. Many people know on an intellectual level that preplanning a funeral makes a lot of sense. Yet, taking action is often difficult. Dead is a four letter word. Consider this as an acronym for Dead:

D Dare

E Educate

A Action

D Done Read more

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Who has Legal Authority to Deal with your Cremated Remains?

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Many people know that they wish to be cremated, however when I ask them what they would like their family to do with their cremated remains, I am often met with a blank look. People will say “well, I don’t care I will be dead.” While this is true, I don’t think these people realize the potential they are creating for family feuding. Yes families do argue, disagree, fight and litigate over who has the right to and what to do with mom or dad’s cremated remains. So who has the legal authority to deal with your cremated remains? Read more

Estate Planning – Where Do I Put My Money?

funeral preplanning expert MississaugaBen Franklin said “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” This statement was made centuries ago and still rings true today. When you think about your estate, do you struggle with where to put your money? Are you getting a tax refund this year? Have you maxed out your RSP and TFSA? Yes? If this is your fortunate financial situation, well done and good for you! What’s next? Read more

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Funeral Memorial Service – The Cost of Procrastination

funeral preplanner MississaugaHave you ever wondered how much procrastination could cost you? Eight years ago a gentlemen stopped into the funeral home inquiring about the cost of a Memorial Service. During our conversation I outlined what was included in the service and the cost of this type of funeral.

At the conclusion of our discussions he gathered up the quotation sheet and the pre-need information package and said “This sounds really good, I am going to go home and talk to my wife about this, and we will get back to you in a week or so.” I thanked him for his time and mentioned that I would follow up with him next week. When I followed up they were busy with other things and promised they would get back to me.

They did 8 years later.

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Can Prepaid Funeral Payments be Deducted on Tax Returns?

licensed Pre funeral planner MississaugaOne of the questions that I am asked is whether or not prepaid funeral payments can be deducted on Personal Tax Returns. The answer unfortunately is no and here’s why.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has designated that funds held in a prepaid funeral account called an Eligible Funeral Arrangement (EFA) must be guaranteed to $100,000.00 and earns tax exempt interest. The funds held in the EFA continue to earn tax exempt interest throughout the life of the funeral beneficiary.

When the funeral beneficiary dies, the funds are released to the selected funeral home. These funds are used to pay for the desired type of funeral service. If there are residual funds in the EFA, a T5 may be issued to the estate of the deceased. Read more

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What Happens to Gold in Teeth Upon Cremation?

cremation and gold teethWith the price of gold, the question “what happens to the gold in my teeth when I am cremated?” has been asked of me a few times recently. A friend’s mother for example has always said “don’t cremate me with all this gold in my mouth!” Contrary to popular belief there is actually very little gold in the gold dental crowns, caps or bridges that people have in their mouths.

During the process of cremation, the retort (or chamber where the body is placed), is registered at 1800ºC. During the 3 – 4 hours that the retort is active, the gold in the dental work oxidizes. Many people think that the gold vaporizes and this is not the case. Gold vaporizes above 2000°C. Read more

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Who Will Preplan & Prepay Your Funeral Arrangements if you Can’t?

Alzheimers and funeral preplanningIt is estimated that by the year 2020 – 1 in 4 people will be diagnosed with cognitive related issues under the Alzheimer’s umbrella. The onset of cognitive decline may be slow and progressive or rapid and unexpected. The Alzheimer’s Society advocates “Speak Up” – get your affairs in order now. I have adapted this information in the context of prepaid funeral pre-planning. The question I pose to you is:  If you are not of mental capacity – then who will make your funeral pre-arrangements for you? Read more

When is the “Right” Time to Consider Prepaid Funeral Planning?

funeral preplanner MississaugaThis weekend I was at the Toronto Zoomer Show helping out in our ‘Funeral Planning Made Simple’ booth. It was enormously interesting to watch people look at the banner – Funeral Planning … and then look away quickly; not making any eye contact with me. They would scowl, mutter, swear, sigh, shake their head and keep on walking. The people who read the banner and commented said things like: “I’m not ready yet”, “It’s too soon”, “That’s not something I want to talk about”, “I don’t care what my family does, I’ll be dead.” So my question to you is, when is the “right” time to talk about and make prepaid funeral arrangements? Why is it that the general public does not want to talk about their eventual mortality? Read more

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Is Cremation Right for You? – 12 Questions to Consider

cremation2Increasingly more people are preplanning and selecting cremation as their preferred eventual form of disposition. The rationale that people share with me is that they feel it is easier for the family and that it will be less expensive. Very likely this is the case, yet I would ask you to consider the following 12 questions to be sure this is right for you and that it is the most suitable option that reflects your values, wishes, and the needs of your family. Read more

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Death Away from Home – Secure Return Travel Assurance Plan (SRAP)

cheap travel insuranceA while back a gentleman called me and said: “I want that travel thing you have.” I thanked him for calling, and I was thrilled that he knew about “that travel thing.” I suggested that I meet with him to explain the benefits of the Secure Return Travel Assurance Plan (SRAP). He said: “No I live in Toronto and gas is too expensive to have you drive here and explain it to me, can we do this over the phone?” I said: “Absolutely!” Little did he know how important that phone call would be.

We proceeded to cover the features of this very affordable lifetime plan: Read more