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What is a death doula or end-of-life doula?

Applying the doula approach to end-of-life care

Death is coming. It’s easier to not think about it at all, but when the dreaded diagnosis or the irreversible decline from age comes it’s hard to avoid.

Still, we can keep busy in a number of ways bypass thinking deeply about death. There are always surgeries, procedures, medications, and other medical interventions that offer hope. Sometimes these help, or at least delay death. But ultimately it is a false hope. Death inevitably comes. When we spend all our time and effort looking for the perfect cure, death seems to hit even harder.

We can also get sidetracked by an agenda or list of tasks. Plan the funeral, finalize the will, keep the lawn mowed, donate stuff, get the medical bills paid, check off items on a whirlwind bucket list. Adding more and more tasks is a good way to avoid thinking about the fact that you and your loved ones are going to die.

But maybe that isn’t you. Perhaps you realize that death is coming, and you want to address it and face it head on, with clear eyes and full hearts. You recognize that death is a natural part of life, and you want to die well. You want to take care of your family, leave behind a meaningful legacy, and have your own or your loved one’s final wishes fulfilled in an honorable way.

Maybe you want all those things, but you just don’t know how to make it happen. Continue reading What is a death doula or end-of-life doula?

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Final Disposition Options: Cremation, Burial, and More

Burials, cremation, and more

Planning ahead and making your final arrangements in advance is a great idea. This will save your loved ones from tons of stress, and it will probably save them money as well. The first decision you’ll face in thinking about your funeral arrangements is the question of what to do with your body.

Here are all the mainstream final disposition options: Continue reading Final Disposition Options: Cremation, Burial, and More

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When is the best time to buy a funeral urn?

Buying a funeral urn

When is the best time to buy a funeral urn? This is one of those purchases that may quite suddenly and unexpectedly become very important to you and your family. Right now, you may be reeling after the loss of a loved one and searching frantically for a wide variety of funeral products and services. Or perhaps you are – wisely – beginning to plan ahead for your final arrangements. Whatever may be your situation, we have some helpful information for you below. Continue reading When is the best time to buy a funeral urn?

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5 Ways to Make Your Golden Years More Enjoyable

Final arrangements and planning ahead wisely

Your golden years present you with an opportunity to engage in activities and experience things that you may just have dreamed about. However, in order to make this period in your life more enjoyable, you have to make wise financial and lifestyle decisions. Continue reading 5 Ways to Make Your Golden Years More Enjoyable

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How To Start A Funeral Fund In 5 Easy Steps

How to start a funeral fund

Planning ahead for your funeral expenses is a great idea. There are several ways to do this, and one of the best and easiest is to start a funeral fund. Here’s how to start a funeral fund in 5 easy steps.

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The 5 Best Ways to Plan Ahead for Funeral Expenses

Save on Funeral Costs by Planning Ahead

This article will cover the five best ways to plan ahead for funeral expenses. In brief, these are:

  1. Plan and pay ahead yourself
  2. Prepay at a funeral home
  3. Funeral/burial insurance
  4. Green burial
  5. Start a funeral fund

Continue reading The 5 Best Ways to Plan Ahead for Funeral Expenses

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What People Are Dying to Know About the Death Cafe

Death Cafe: What is it?

This is a guest post about the Death Cafe by Dorothy Banocy, who has participated in and hosted several Death Cafes.

Wouldn’t it be fun to have a night out with a bunch of your friends, maybe even some people you don’t know, have tea and cake and talk about death?

Wait!

What? Talk about death? Are you serious? Yes, I’m “dead” serious! Continue reading What People Are Dying to Know About the Death Cafe

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Mailbag: Purchasing More Than One Urn

Purchasing Cremation Urns

From the reader mailbag, a question covering a variety of topics, including:

  1. Purchasing more than one urn (for each child in the family)
  2. Shipping memorial trees to Canada
  3. Planning ahead

Continue reading Mailbag: Purchasing More Than One Urn