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End-of-life Planning Can Help Ease Family Burdens

May 19, 2022

From the nextavenue website

It may seem morbid to some, but Sandra Freeman has her funeral all planned out. Following her eventual cremation, family and friends will share stories and enjoy food with her favorite artist Nancy Wilson playing in the background.

The retired 70-year-old Minneapolis resident is in good health, but quoting her father, she jokes, “None of us is getting out of here alive.”

Preparation is a lesson hard learned. Freeman says she has lost many loved ones over the years, only a small fraction of whom had planned for their death. In one instance, an aunt struggled to access bank accounts and insurance policies following the death of her husband, who left few instructions on where to access things.

At 27, Freeman’s sister unexpectedly passed with no directive for her young child beyond a verbal promise that her sister should raise her child. Freeman finds many are reluctant to discuss, let alone plan for, their inevitable fate.

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