Everything listed under: End-of-life

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    Safeguarding Memories, Telling Stories

    By Julie Pfitzinger for Next AvenueOn a table crowded with microphones and wires, Sam Thiessen Devine places an unpainted wooden truck, outfitted with chunky wheels. At first glance, the simple toy appears to be a well-loved memento from Devine’s childhood. But this is an object that holds memories and stories, and ultimately played a part in the inspiration behind Kinetic Legacy, a Minneapolis-based company founded by Devine, James Holmberg and Sarah Anderson in 2018.In more than one way, ...  Read More...

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    A Clever Way to Divvy Up Items After a Parent’s Death

    By Harry S. Margolis for Next AvenueOne of the biggest challenges for anyone administering an estate is how to distribute what are called its tangible items. Unlike other property which can be easily sold, turned into cash and divided equally, tangible property is unique and often can’t be equally split.   Read More...

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    Open Heart Surgery Changed My View of Life

    By Chris Haws for Next AvenueI was being wheeled at speed through the corridors of the MedStar Cardiovascular Surgery Center in Washington, D.C. on a stretcher bound for an operating theater. My driver, another Chris, was also to be my anesthetist — so I refrained from commenting on his apparent lack of coordination or caution as we raced through the basement labyrinth.Instead, we traded gallows-humor jokes about passengers who found themselves on the wrong airplanes or patients who were d...  Read More...

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    Is Your Estate as Planned As You Think?

    By Patrick O'Brien for Next AvenueYou’ve considered how you want your estate to be distributed after you die. Hopefully, you’ve even written a will to make sure your wishes will be followed. So, your estate is planned…right?While most of us would like to think that estate planning is that simple, there are other things to consider as part of the process, and topics that need to be revisited over time.   Read More...

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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...