Everything listed under: End-of-life

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    Preparing for the Unexpected Death of a Spouse

    By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell for Next AvenueWhen my husband, Dale, passed away at age 57 from a sudden, massive heart attack two days before Thanksgiving in 2018, the last thing on my mind was the finances. This quickly changed, however, when I realized that as a relatively young widow of 54, I had just lost our second income.To exacerbate my situation, due to my age and not having dependent children at home, I was ineligible to draw even partial Social Security income until turning 60. Nor c...  Read More...

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    It’s Getting Easier to Draft a Will Electronically at Home

    By Kerry Hannon for Next AvenueFor some time now, you’ve been able to draft an online will on a home computer via firms like Rocket Lawyer, Legal Zoom or FreeWill. But it still had to be signed with wet ink in front of a notary and witnesses to be valid. That’s on the cusp of changing.And if you don’t have a will yet — 61% of people age 45-54 and 34% of those 65+ don’t (yikes!), according to Caring.com — maybe this news will get you to take this essential estate planning step for you a...  Read More...

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    Can We Talk … About Death?

    By Ann Oldenburg for Next AvenueKatie Couric has regrets. Even to this day.When the former TV news anchor spoke at Georgetown University at an event titled “The Healing Power of Communication” in August, 2019, she said she wished she had talked more to her late husband, Jay Monahan, about his impending death before he succumbed to colon cancer at 42 in 1998.“It was just terrible,” Couric said. “After nine months of trying desperately to figure out some way to m...  Read More...

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    8 Reasons You May Need to Update Your Will

    By Patrick O'Brien for Next AvenueYour will may be the most important document you’ll ever write. Problem is, after many of us draft one, we put it somewhere for safekeeping and don’t look at it again. That can be a big mistake.Lives change.   Read More...

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    A Dying Fish, A Son’s Wish

    By Marc Silver for Next AvenueThis is a story about an unlikely mix of topics: running, music, mothers, aging and a stranded blowfish.I was on an early morning run along the beach in Cape May, N.J. during a three-day getaway. It was a great run.   Read More...