What is Incapacity?

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you became incapacitated? Incapacity, or incompetency, means that you become either mentally or physically unable to take care of yourself or your day-to-day affairs. To be more precise, you would be unable to take care of your property and yourself and you would be unable to communicate rationally about decisions as to how to do this if you cannot.

Changing the Language of Death

With the waxing popularity of hospice care for end-of-lfe support and health care, many hospitals, hospice or palliative care services and nursing homes are changing the language of death. In one specific incident, this language has changed from one of a negative connotation to that of a positive and natural process.

New Pediatric Standards of Care for Hospices

More than 1,600 hospice and palliative care leaders, managers and industry experts gathered in Washington, DC this week to discuss issues involving healthcare reform.

Your Body for Some Land

Green funerals are becoming more popular, and not just because they’re environmentally sound. They’re also less expensive in most cases. But now the living can make a decision to become one with nature in death with a plan to increase land for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Uneasy About Embalming

Embalming, as an art and a practice, began in ancient Egypt as mummification, and has grown throughout the centuries to become a necessity at times, a blasphemy to some and a horror to others. Embalming, in most modern cultures, is the art and science of temporarily preserving human remains to forestall decomposition and to make them suitable for display at a funeral. According to Wikipedia:

The Beneficiary’s Guide to Life Insurance

If you become the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, you must file a claim to receive any money. This task could be as simple is contacting an insurance agent and filing some paperwork. But, if this is all you do, you may eventually discover that you have missed out on other benefits to which you are entitled. If you spend time finding hidden policies, you may uncover more money than you expected.

Cost Factors for Hardwood Caskets

Wood caskets have been around for a long time, and many wood caskets make some funerals an environmental affair. The amount of benefit to the environment, however, would depend upon whether the casket was placed in a vault or not. Wood caskets are ideal for cremation when the crematory requires the body to be encased in a rigid container.

How to Cope with Senseless Violence

A lone gunman killed at least 12 people and himself this past Friday at an immigration services center in Binghamton, New York. This is just one of many disasters that seems to affect anyone who reads about senseless violence. Other stories over the past few years include what is now known as the Virginia Tech Massacre, last year’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai and the recent arson fires in Australia. How do you cope with your feelings when you read about lives lost through seemingly senseless violence?

Medicare Part A and Hospice Care

Medicare Part A is the portion of Medicare that is available premium-free to all eligible individuals. This part of Medicare benefits provides services associated with hospital, hospice, skilled nursing care and home health care. While you may have read that Medicare Part A covers all costs incurred with hospice, or palliative, care, this is not the case when it comes to custodial care.