End Of Life Planning

This Is What 106 Funerals Taught Me About Life & Digital Legacy #4

This Is What 106 Funerals Taught Me About Life & Digital Legacy #4

This Is What 106 Funerals Taught Me About Life & Digital Legacy - Four Part Series 

Lesson Four - A Picture Paints A Thousand Days

In the last six months, I have written 106 funeral services. Wrapped up in the mystery of those unwelcome days, are four valuable lessons I have learned. Lessons about life and how you can leave a digital legacy for your family. This is lesson four.

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This Is What 106 Funerals Taught Me About Life & Digital Legacy #3

This Is What 106 Funerals Taught Me About Life & Digital Legacy #3

This Is What 106 Funerals Taught Me About Life & Digital Legacy - Four Part Series 

Lesson Three - Plan Your Funeral

In the last six months, I have written 106 funeral services. Wrapped up in the mystery of those unwelcome days, are four valuable lessons I have learned. Lessons about life and how you can leave a digital legacy for your family. This is lesson three.

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This Is What 106 Funerals Taught Me About Life & Digital Legacy #2

This Is What 106 Funerals Taught Me About Life & Digital Legacy #2

This Is What 106 Funerals Taught Me About Life & Digital Legacy - Four Part Series 

Lesson Two - Life Is Short

We cannot judge a song by its duration
Nor by the number of its notes;
We must judge it by the way
it touches and lifts our souls.
Sometimes those unfinished
are among the most beautiful.

In the last six months, I have written 106 funeral services. Wrapped up in the mystery of those unwelcome days, are four valuable lessons I have learned. Lessons about life and how you can leave a digital legacy for your family. This is lesson two.

Download the full series with a link on the page.

This Is What 106 Funerals Taught Me About Life & Digital Legacy #1

This Is What 106 Funerals Taught Me About Life & Digital Legacy #1

This Is What 106 Funerals Taught Me About Life & Digital Legacy - Four Part Series 

Lesson One - Take Time To Share The Stories of Your Life

Helping 106 families face death teaches you about life. Death comes to us all. It comes mostly at times when you least expect it. It comes to the old, the sick, the young and the healthy. It comes. It will come to you.

In the last six months, I have written 106 funeral services. Wrapped up in the mystery of those unwelcome days, are four valuable lessons I have learned. Lessons about life and how you can leave a digital legacy for your family. This is lesson one.

Download the full series with a link on the page.

How Will They Tell The Stories Of Your Life?

How Will They Tell The Stories Of Your Life?
“The thing about death is it reminds you the story we are telling has finality.” Donald Miller

How do you preserve the stories of the ones that you have loved? How will they tell the stories of your life one day? Online memorials are growing in popularity and use. These digital legacy platforms help people leave condolences and messages of sympathy. But what about telling the life stories of the person that has passed away? Memorates is a new online memorial website designed just to that.

In the post, I look at why we need to tell the stories of our life and why we need to intentionally create stories to tell! Oh, and I tell you why I traveled 7182 miles to cook a burger for my kids.

This Is How You Start A Conversation No One Wants To Talk About. Life. Death. Whatever.

This Is How You Start A Conversation No One Wants To Talk About. Life. Death. Whatever.

How do you start a conversation no one wants to talk about?

People who are willing to take risks inspire me. I am not talking about white knuckle adrenaline escapades. Though I quite enjoy those myself. When someone has a vision and then takes action on that dream, it takes guts. That is exactly what the team behind Life. Death. Whatever. are doing during October in London. Louise Winter and end-of-life doula Anna Lyons  are engaging with people on life, death and just about everything in between.  

What Do You Do When You Need To Tell Your Children You Have A Terminal Illness?

What Do You Do When You Need To Tell Your Children You Have A Terminal Illness?

How do you tell your children that you have a terminal illness? 

Taking digital technology in to end of life planning for children is challenging, but critically needed. In this post, I look at the launch of new app and website. It is designed to help to communicate with and support children whose parents who have a terminal illness. Apart of Me is unique and approaching this aspect of death and dying in a truly innovative way.

Do You Really Know Why Digital Legacy Planning Matters To You?

Do You Really Know Why Digital Legacy Planning Matters To You?

In the event of a house fire, what would you take with you? The standard answer used to be photograph albums. Photos remind us of our mortality. We can look at faded images of those we have loved in the past and they live again in our minds.

In the present, we can hold tightly on to rich memories of our life through vivid images in our minds that can never be taken away. Now, if you close your eyes, you could bring to remembrance one of those special times. 

What would happen if you were denied access to those memories? In this post, I highlight the critical need for digital legacy planning by the tragic story of the loss of a son and a battle with Apple Computers. 

Why Does Legacy Giving Matter To The Funeral Industry?

Why Does Legacy Giving Matter To The Funeral Industry?

Why do people feel the need to give in memory of someone they have lost and why does legacy and "In Memorygiving matter to Funeral Directors?

Some people have their names on buildings, benches, and books.ome people choose to have a charity named in their will as a legacy gift.  However, hundreds of thousands of people every year have money given to charities in memory of them. Each week when I lead funerals, I see people giving money in memory of the loss of loved one. Often giving to a charity to support the illness which the person sadly suffered from. Alternatively, giving a donation to the favourite charity of the friend who passed away.  

What prompts that emotion? 

Exploring How Grief Is Expressed On Facebook (and what this means)

Exploring How Grief Is Expressed On Facebook (and what this means)

In this guest post Molly Kalan asks the question how Facebook impacts how people grieve. Anyone who currently uses a social media profile to interact with others online knows that people often share quite personal details about their lives in what is arguably a very public forum. This extends to grief and bereavement, as we witness our friends share a status update announcing someone’s passing or see someone write on a friend’s wall after they have died.Anyone who currently uses a social media profile to interact with others online knows that people often share quite personal details about their lives in what is arguably a very public forum. This extends to grief and bereavement, as we witness our friends share a status update announcing someone’s passing or see someone write on a friend’s wall after they have died.

This Is How Lessons From The Past Help Us Plan Our Tomorrows

This Is How Lessons From The Past Help Us Plan Our Tomorrows

Darren Richmond - Founder of The Soldiers Box

Darren shares the story inspirational story of the Soldier’s Boxes in World War l and how it made him reflect on what happens to our digital world when we die and how do we manage this in our end of life planning. The need and desire to pass belongings on to loved ones at the end of life has remained consistent throughout history. We all have an understandable desire to ensure our loved ones are taken care of, and our legacies are preserved. The Soldiers Box is a new and innovative way to solve those questions and problems.