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Life is Short – Be Grateful for the Moments

Last week I had the privilege of spending a week with my Mom in Curacao.  What a beautiful place and the weather was absolutely fantastic.  As Thanksgiving is approaching, I wanted to take the time to share my appreciation of this experience that I am very thankful to have shared with my mom.

During the week one of the many things I am grateful for is that Mom and I were able to take this trip and spend quality time together.  There was time to reminisce and share memories.  And to laugh over silly things that have happened over the years.

There was also the opportunity to ask Mom questions that only she would know the answers to. What a gift!

Many people no longer have the opportunity to sit and reminisce with their loved ones.  Seize the moments that you now have and treasure these memories.  There will come a day when I can no longer ask Mom those questions or hear her voice.  That will be a very sad day indeed.

Another thing I am immensely grateful to Mom for is that she has all her plans and personal affairs organized.  When that day does eventually come, it will literally be one phone call and everything she wants done to celebrate her life will fall into place.

Too many people do not realize what a gift this is as they have to learn about Celebration of Life options and decide what to do after their loved one has died.  If you were to witness the pain, anguish, and turmoil that families go through, I am not sure you would willingly or knowingly leave your affairs in disarray.

If you are not sure what being organized looks like, contact me – there is a solution and the time is now to get your affairs in order and leave a loving legacy for your family.

I would love to hear from you and help get the conversation started.  You can connect with me via email or telephone, leave a comment here on the site or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website. Don’t forget to join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter too!

As Thanksgiving approaches, I wish you a wonderful weekend full of making memories with loved ones.

Until next time,

Kat

Katherine Downey is the #1 Funeral Preplanning Professional in Canada for the fourth time. She is a professional educator, author, licensed funeral director and insurance advisor. To set an appointment or have your questions answered, please contact Kat directly

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June is Seniors Month: Time to Celebrate Our Fantastic Seniors

June is Seniors Month.  A time to honor and celebrate the lives and contributions of the generations of Canadians that took care of their families, communities and country.  Yet for many seniors it can also be a lonely time.

The incredible wealth of knowledge and experience that seniors have is a treasure to capture. Spending time with a senior near you in the month of June can be an enormously rewarding experience for all of us.

Throughout the month of June, younger generations show their appreciation and thanks for the contribution Canadian seniors have made by honoring them in many different ways.  Special events, festivals, ceremonies, dinners, and teas are held for seniors as the guests of honour.  Youth groups, choirs, and scouting/guiding organizations often organize visits to senior’s facilities. Families can get together with their older loved ones and spend special time together remembering stories, family vacations, recalling older memories and making newer ones.

What do seniors want the most?  They want your time and attention, but mostly your presence.

Here are some suggestions to show your appreciation for a senior in your life:

  1. Take them to their favorite restaurant.
  2. Take them to a movie.
  3. Make a video of the senior’s lifetime. For example you may want to ask them how they met their spouse, their favorite holiday or family memory.  Then sit back and watch the glow in their face as they remember these times.
  4. Help them organize photos, closets, cupboards, etc.
  5. Volunteer time at a nursing home or long term care facility.
  6. Mend or fix something for them.
  7. Make a hot meal, deliver it in person, and share the meal with them.
  8. Prepare several different types of home meals and freeze them in containers for them to enjoy at a later time.
  9. Take a senior on an errand or help them around their home, mow the grass, weed the garden, wash their car.
  10. Bake cookies, or smaller treats and deliver them to seniors in your neighborhood.
  11. Help a senior with their correspondence, or buy greeting cards for them and help them address them.
  12. Take a senior with you to participate in special seniors events in your community.

For the younger generation, take the time to reach out and call your grandparents or great grandparents.  They will be thrilled and talk about you for days on end!  Go ahead, just 5 minutes of your time can make a difference.  The afterglow on their face for you taking as little time to say hello will remain with them for weeks.

How do you intend to celebrate the seniors in your life?  There are so many ways we can celebrate seniors in our family and community during the month of June.  Please share your experiences with me.

I would love to hear from you.  You can connect with me via email or telephone, leave a comment here on the site or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website. Don’t forget to join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter too!

Kat

Katherine Downey is the #1 Funeral Preplanning Professional in Canada for the fourth time. She is a professional educator, author, licensed funeral director and insurance advisor. To set an appointment or have your questions answered, please contact Kat directly.

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Spring Cleaning: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle with a Warm Hand

Wow, our lives sure can get busy and complicated.  We take care of our families – shuttling children to school, activities, getting the school forms signed, accumulating stuff, then chucking that “stuff” into a temporary storage space, while thinking “I’ll get to it later”. Maybe tomorrow, maybe on the weekend, maybe next week.  Then more time passes and before you know it there is more “stuff” accumulated everywhere.

As we get older, we may find that we use less and less of our everyday items.  We may have younger family members, children or grandchildren who may benefit from them.  Why not share some of your memories with family & friends and encourage them to make new ones?  This is a simple part of estate planning that can be done at any age, at any time.  The more organized your estate is, the less stress we leave our estate trustee in organizing it with the added stress of our passing. Read more