Everyone leaves a legacy…. Your legacy may be your children, the things you’ve accomplished, the assets you’ve accumulated over time or a combination of these and more. One thing is certain though…when you pass away, someone has to deal with your legacy…your assets…your stuff. And if you haven’t made your wishes clear…there’s likely to be stress and conflict in your family – emotional chaos.
Hi, I’m Kat Downey, I’ve been a Licensed Funeral Director in Ontario, Canada since 1998. After seeing far too many families struggle and be embroiled in conflict after a loved one dies, I decided to do something about it. I developed the Taking Care of Business Executor’s Workbook.
This workbook is designed to a help people know what papers are important, why they need to have specific documents in place then how to organize these documents and information in an easy to use format. I call it a Leaving a Loving Legacy because it’s all about helping your Executor/Trustee know what you have, where it is, and your wishes about what to do with “your stuff”…all in one place. The end result? An emotional calm and sense of control for you because you’ve made your wishes known and you’ve made it easier for your Executor to know what to do. It is also an emotional calm for your Executor…they will be so thankful that you left a Loving Legacy.
I have also recently completed the Certified Executor Advisor’s course with the Canadian Institute of Certified Executor Advisors and am the first licensed Funeral Director in Ontario to receive this designation.
Q&A Interview with Parkbench: I was recently interviewed by Lynn Still of Parkbench, a local online networking website about myself and my business. For the full interview, please click here.
Describe your business.
Prepaid Funeral Plans and Licensed Funeral Director
What made you decide to open this business?
A leap of faith.
What was it like when you first started?
Started the business in 1998. Knew there was a need in the community and this was a god fit for me.
What would your customers say they love most about your business?
Wow! This is so much easier than I thought. Thank you!!
What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had working with a customer?
Organizing a funeral for a lovely lady who was 102.
What is something most people don’t know about the business?
They think cremation is cheaper. The cost of a funeral can be very flexible.
Do you have any exciting plans for the future that you want customers to know about?
Yes, I am writing a book called “Taking Care of Business” which is an Executors Work Book. The 2nd edition is available now.
“My testimonial would be for folks to think about preparing for the future which includes your funeral. We have to remember that dying is a part of living and with this in mind, my husband and I prepared and paid for our funerals about 8 years ago.
After having done that, several months later I attended a funeral of a dear friend’s husband and listening to the music played that they used to dance to in their youth, I decided to come home and discuss it with my husband. We then called Kat back and discussed some changes and even received money back with the cutbacks we made.
As we do not know what is going to happen tomorrow, we now have peace of mind knowing that my children need not worry about our funerals as they are complete as we want them to be. I can attest to this as my first husband died at the age of 45 and 4 days after a short illness and it was stressful on me”.
I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.