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PreNeed (Pre-Paid) Funeral and Burial Plans

Advantages and Disadvantages of Prepaid Plans One way to plan in advance for the end of one's life is to sign a formal contract called a "preneed funeral plan." With this plan, money to pay for a funeral and/or burial is held in … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: Burial and Memorial Benefits for Veterans

Dear Baxter, My wife and I were talking about where we would like to be buried when we die. We are both honorably-discharged veterans. Do you know about our options? Thanks for your help. Barry L. Forvetz ---- Dear … [Read more...]

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From Cradle to Compost: Human Composting and Environmental Consciousness 

Howard Fischer, a 63-year-old investor in New York, made his wishes to his family known that he is committed to having his body composted when he dies. According to Fischer, “(w)hatever his family chooses to do with the compost … [Read more...]

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A Memory Forest Full of Hope and New Life

When Janis’ father, Barry, had cancer, he tried chemo, radiation, and ayahuasca, a plant native to Peru that is used in traditional healing ceremonies. He is an arborist by trade, and a hippie by nature. Prior to his cancer, he … [Read more...]

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Your Last Wishes Can be as Unique as You Are

Katie was born on July 4th. She got married on that day also and gave birth to her son on July 6th (he was due on the 4th). She was in the military and is a proud American. For her, Independence Day and fireworks have special … [Read more...]

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Ask the Expert: VA to Offer One-Stop Website for Veteran’s Benefits

Q. My father, Joe, is a Vietnam veteran. He gets frustrated and confused when he tries to navigate all the veteran's benefits websites and figure out what he may be eligible for. Even the VA Website doesn't have everything he … [Read more...]

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Veterans: Don’t Miss Out On Benefits

Q. My 72-year old father, Phil, served during the Vietnam War, and suffers from Parkinson's Disease and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). My mother, Ruth, is his caregiver. They live on Social Security checks and his pension. … [Read more...]

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Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America

Attitudes about death and end-of-life choices are rapidly changing in America. As the baby boomer generation is aging, more and more people are rethinking the ways end of life is recognized and are deciding to take control of what … [Read more...]

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Veteran Caregivers and Spouses: Benefit Clarification

Q. My 76-year old father, Larry, served during the Vietnam War, and suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). My mother, Anne, is his caregiver. They live on Social Security checks and his … [Read more...]

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Planning Your Own “Unique” Funeral — a Scary Undertaking?

Renato Bialetti's family placed his ashes in a replica coffee pot urn. Q. I recently read about a funeral for 50-year-old Renato Garcia, where his body was on display at his own wake, wearing a Green Lantern costume. When asked … [Read more...]

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