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    Best Ways to Manage Life Insurance Proceeds After a Spouse Dies

    By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell for Next AvenueI handled all the household finances and bills throughout my 32-year-marriage to my husband, Dale. But when he suddenly died of a massive heart attack at 57 last year, I was so traumatized by the loss, I couldn’t think clearly about managing his life insurance proceeds. In an instant, I had more cash rolling in from it than either of our incomes had ever produced.Luckily, I have a family member who’s a finance expert.   Read More...

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    Video Chats with Family and Friends Offer Mental Health Boost

    By Sarah Lindenfeld Hall for Next AvenueAnne Whitley lives 800 miles from her grandchildren’s home in Florida, but she still sees them daily. On her iPhone’s FaceTime app, Whitley catches up with her five-year old granddaughter, Cairo, who might show off a new toy, and her year-old grandson, Garvey, who enjoys practicing his latest words.All it takes is just a few minutes each day to bridge those miles between them.“I don’t want them to forget me in between visits,”...  Read More...

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    Peggy Rowe Tells Stories About Her Mother

    By Julie Pfitzinger for Next AvenueMother. Grandmother. Realtor.   Read More...

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    Planting Coral Bells for Mom

    By Debbie L. Miller for Next AvenueAfter 23 years of marriage, I was finished. For the last nine of those years, I’d owned a house with a garden in East Tennessee where I grew herbs, perennials, wildflowers and vegetables.   Read More...

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    Love for Cats Connects Mother and Daughter

    By Christine Schoenwald for Next AvenueWhy is it, no matter how old we are, there’s a part of us which continues to seek our parent’s approval?My mother never was the kind of parent who believed that everything her child did was extraordinary or brilliant. A couple of years ago, I wrote a personal essay about my late father and his fantastic sense of humor. I thought my mother would enjoy reading it — they had been divorced several years at the time of his death, but she always appreciated how f...  Read More...