Top 19 Articles of 2019

Those who read our newsletter or follow our blog know that we covered a lot of ground in 2019. This past year, the Federal Tax Act increased the federal estate and gift tax exemption from $11.18 million dollars per person to $11.4 … [Read more...]

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...]

Stanford Scientists Can Predict When A Loved One Will Die

Richard has had Parkinson’s for more than two decades. He has been hospitalized several times this past year, and each time, his ability to swallow and other motor skills have regressed and have needed to be relearned through … [Read more...]

How is Planned Suicide Different Than Dying with Dignity?

Q. My neighbor, Sam, is a ninety-year-old widower who has lived alone in his home for several years. His health has deteriorated over the past few months and he frequently comments about how much he misses his wife. His daughter … [Read more...]

10 Intriguing Things to Do with Your Cremains When You Die

Pictured: Forevurn Kaleidoscope Urn Steve Munt is a cat lover with a keen interest in outer space. While most grieving pet owners keep their furry friends' remains at home in an urn or buried in the yard, Munt wanted to do … [Read more...]

How to Attend Your Own Funeral

In Diana Gabaldon’s book, “A Breath of Snow and Ashes,” one of the character’s mothers awoke at her own wake. She took notice of her uncomfortable coffin, lack of brooch that she hoped to wear when she was buried, and lack of food … [Read more...]

What to Do When a Loved One is Terminally Ill

When Leanne's father was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), his family knew the prognosis was not good. The average survival time for FTD is typically 3-5 years, and Leanne’s father has already had the disease for two … [Read more...]

Navigating an End-of-life Rally

Michael, an advanced Alzheimer's patient, was in hospice care and didn't have much time. He was experiencing what some believe to be precursors to death, such as loss of appetite, changes in breathing, and more confusion than … [Read more...]

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...]