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The Art of Saying Good Bye to Someone You Love

iStock_000012294126XSmallThere is an art to saying goodbye to someone you love dearly and until last week I had never had to use it.  Fortunately I had the opportunity to do this in person.

My Aunt had a knee replacement and was on the road to recovery with Occupational and Physical therapy underway for 2 weeks following the surgery.  Then about 9 days ago she mentioned to my Uncle that she didn’t feel well.  He took her to the hospital and they admitted her immediately.  The issue was pneumonia and fluid on her lungs.  They started an antibiotic regime.   After 8 days of intravenous therapy the pneumonia was not subsiding.  The following day the Doctor was in to see my Aunt and Uncle saying that if the medication did not kick in soon, or Mother Nature took over, there was not much more they could do, and she had 1 – 2 days to live.

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Funeral Pre-Planning Myth – My Family Knows What I Want

bigstock-Religion-death-and-dolor--f-24592586In my last blog post on the series Dispelling Myths About Funeral Preplanning, I discussed two more myths about funeral preplanning; that being the costs involved and misconceptions about cremation. In this blog post, we’ll address this myth: my family knows what I want………………..

I have heard this many times and more often than not, the family does not know what you want – either because you have not told them or the funeral directions are recorded in the will.

Sometimes funeral directions are included in the will. Unfortunately the will is generally read after the funeral. One family I know of had cremated their father as none of them recalled him talking about his preference. When they read the will, the funeral directions indicated that he wanted to be buried. What a shock for this family! At another funeral, two brothers were fist fighting at the cemetery – both adamant that dad wanted to be buried in the ground and the other brother equally adamant that dad had told him he wanted to be entombed in a crypt. This is not a good day for anyone.

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