Become an Organ Donor
July 6, 2018
It has been nearly 65 years since surgeons at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston successfully transplanted a kidney between living identical twin brothers. Since that time, transplants have become established medical procedures. Coupling advances in medicine with the gift of organ donations, transplants are saving or extending the lives of hundreds of thousands.
Some hard facts about organ donation are that over 115,000 people across the United States currently wait for a transplant and...
Financial Decisions and End-of-Life Care
June 4, 2018
Sadly, there will come a time where you are faced with making difficult decisions about end of life care for yourself or a family member. Whether it is sudden and unexpected or a slow winding road, the period is often fraught with many decisions regarding the needs and comfort of your loved one and unfortunately, very real costs. Medical costs over the last year of life can average approximately $59,100, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. The costs that come attached to life-extending medical care, necessary adjustments to the home or making the important decision on palliative...
Planning Your Own Funeral Service
May 8th, 2018
Funerals serve as a time for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of a loved one who has died. Not only do they offer the opportunity to remember the deceased, but they also can offer comfort and support at an emotional time. While planning your own funeral service may seem uncomfortable, there are several great reasons to do so. These steps will help you create a genuine event to honor the end of life.
Reasons for Planning Your Own Service
Arranging your own funeral requires that you come to ter...
Keeping Your Chin Up as a Caregiver
April 18, 2018
Providing end of life care is never easy. The stress can take its toll on family members and other informal caregivers over time, both physically and mentally. A study has found that 23% of family caregivers experience symptoms of moderate to severe depression at some point while looking after a loved one. If you provide end of life care at home, it's important to re...