Ancestry.com has made some death certificates available online to members, and reviewing these documents sheds light on the way people died within the past century. These documents, however, don’t cover the time when doctors managed to help patients live longer through medicines and machinery. In fact, many of these older death certificates come with the doctor’s admission, “He was dead when I arrived.”
Filed under: Death & Dying, Death Practices on January 26th, 2009 | No Comments »
Sending sympathy flowers is one way to express your condolences to a grieving family. And, receiving flowers often is a heartwarming gift. But with the rising costs of flowers and shipping, are flowers the best way to express your feelings?
Filed under: Funeral Arrangements, Funeral Basics, Funeral Flowers on January 19th, 2009 | No Comments »
If you’re interested in hospice care for yourself or a loved one, where do you seek advice? Hospice or palliative care, has been around for just over a quarter century, so you might not know where to seek information or which questions to ask about death care for yourself or a family member or friend. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of sites that belong to well-organized nonprofit groups or professional organizations or that have been built by professionals in the death care field.
Filed under: Caregivers, Hospice, Hospice Basics, Patients on January 12th, 2009 | No Comments »
Losing a spouse ranks among the highest-level stress events that can occur during a person’s lifetime. The transition to learning how to live without that significant other often worsens with the added pressure of settling an estate. Fortunately, the best thing you can do in this situation is to avoid hasty decisions and to plan early. There are steps you can take now to ease the financial and emotional transition.
Filed under: Other Legal Matters, Wills & Estate Planning on January 2nd, 2009 | No Comments »